SHEPHERDS VOICE – May 2024

Jehovah Mephalti – God my Deliverer

He delivers you to accomplish triumphantly

Pr. Juxy Mathew

Joshua 10:1-2  “Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it–as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king–and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, 2 that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.”

 

God miraculously led the Israelite into the promised land of Canaan and helped them triumph over Jericho. They witnessed how God delivered them from their enemies and supernaturally crumbed the mighty walls of Jericho.  God had also delivered the city of Ai into their hands.

In the above verse we see Joshua and the Israelites preparing to wage war against five strong and mighty kings and their army. This chapter indicates what we could accomplish when Jehovah Mephalti is with us.  The second verse explicitly tells that the king of Jerusalem feared greatly because the Gibeonans were perceived as mighty pursuant to a peace alliance with Israel led by Joshua.  Consequently, the king of Jerusalem sought the help of the kings of Hebron, Jarmuth Lachish and Eglon to attack Gibeon.

 

  1. The enemies were afraid.

Josh10:2 “that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.”

This chapter confirms that although the enemy may charge against you, we need to understand they charge because of the fear that has enveloped them.  While we may fear the enemy, be confirmed in faith that when Jehovah Mephalti the God who delivers is with us, the enemy will retreat in fear. The enemy may come against you because of its pathetic state of fear but if you have the presence of God with you, no force in the universe can destroy you.

The situation is similar to that of Gideon in Judges 7 when God had asked him to save the Israelites from the Midianites. Despite God’s assurance of victory, Gideon doubted his own abilities until he heard the interpretation of the dream in the enemy camp that God had given them and their camp into Gideon’s hands. Hence with God on our side the enemy trembles in fear when it confronts us. 1Peter5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  Jesus Christ had defeated the enemy and secured victory forever by His death and resurrection. Since then the defeated enemy is placed under our feet and he knows he can roar like a lion but it’s impossible to harm God’s children.  He is in fear as he charges.

In Jer 1:8  too we see God urging Jeremiah not to be afraid and assuring His protection and deliverance. It may seem that you cannot overcome your enemy but your enemy already knows that he is defeated. Our God had trampled him forever and he cannot rise against us.  Believe that God is with you and you will see His deliverance in the midst of your trials.

 

  1. God is faithful to deliver you.

Josh10:4 “Come up to me and help me, that we may attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.”

It’s clear that the only reason the five kings with their armies went to wage war against Gibeonans is because Gibeon was an ally to Israel through a peace agreement.  They were neighbors and close to Gibeon earlier but now they opposed the latter because of the peace agreement with Joshua and the people of Israel. Similarly, when we draw closer to God, it may provoke opposition from people around us. We are constantly in spiritual warfare but with God on our side we are assured of His deliverance and victory.  You may face the adversary in any form but God has confirmed in 1Cor10:13 that He is faithful and He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.  It was God who delivered you earlier. The same faithful God is with you today and He will deliver you again (2Cor1:10).  He will never allow the righteous to fall (Ps55:2).

 

  1. God turned Joshua’s mistake to accelerate the conquest of Cannan.

Josh10:6 “And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, “Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.”

Joshua had entered into a peace alliance with Gibeon without consulting God. This failure in Joshua’s life contributed to his victory with God helping him overcome the five kings. In 2Sam24:11-14 David felt guilty when he assessed the strength of his army which was a witness that he was losing his trust and faith in God. David realized his mistake and repented to God. God allowed him to choose his judgment and he chose to fall into the hand of God rather than man because he knew God was more gracious and merciful.  Thus,  Israel was struck by the plague due to David’s sins.  David cried out to God in reconciliation to let the punishment come upon him and his household and not on the whole of Israel who were innocent. David was instructed by God to erect an altar for God at the place he saw the angel of the Lord, which was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.  This altar later served as the foundation stone of the present day temple of Jerusalem.

Disobedience to God can lead to failures, but if we repent and reconcile with God, He can transform them into victories. God’s desire is that we live a victorious life and through reconciliation with Him we can live a triumphant life in Him.

 

  1. Received the promise of the Lord.

Josh10:8 ‘And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”’

Joshua received the promise of God indicating that if Jehovah Mephalti is with us, we too can receive God’s promise like Joshua did.  Ps32:8 assures us that God will guide us with His eye. God says His sheep will hear His  voice.  We need to hear God’s voice and discern His guidance in our lives.  Joshua acted upon the promise he received (above).  Just as grapes grow in clusters on a vine branch, God offers numerous promises based on His Word to us.

 

  1. God expects Joshua to fight.

Josh10:9-10 “Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. 10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.”

Although the battle belongs to God He waits for our initiative to align with His will for us before He does what only He can do, as seen in the above verses.  The defeat of the five kings by hailstones God had poured down upon them and the victory over the Amalaekites when Moses’ hands remained raised, reveals the intervention of our Sovereign God.  The river Jordan heaped up as soon as the priests of God carrying the ark of the covenant stepped into the gushing river and they crossed over on dry ground.  We need to uphold the promise of God and step out in faith i.e. exercise faith and action together in order to witness God’s supernatural power. God expects us to engage in our spiritual battles relying on His promise and trusting Him to fight for us.

 

  1. Joshua’s command to the Sun and Moon.

Josh10:12-14 “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:“Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”

Joshua spoke to God and asked the sun to stand still. We see in the said reference “So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, ……..And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel that the sun stood still till all the people had avenged their enemies.”

This passage emphasizes the power of seeking God’s guidance before taking action.  God does not expect us to act based on our desire but to step forth after seeking Him and His word. God desires to fulfill His promise in our lives and expects us to wait on HIm.  He said this world may pass away but His word will remain forever.

 

  1. Stamping the neck of the kings.

Josh.10:24-25 “So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”

The five kings were later brought out of the cave and David instructed the captains of the men of war to keep their feet on the necks of these kings.  This was done to  inspire the men of war and Joshua confirmed to them that the Lord would destroy their enemies.

God who empowered you and led you victoriously, will continue to do so.  Jehovah Mephalti – God is our deliverer and He is with us.

Rom16:20 ‘And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.’