(Today’s post will be short and sweet, as I’ve been trying to recuperate from whatever plague our new hire class has been passing around for the last seven weeks, which I managed to avoid catching until the next to last day.)
Our Old Testament reading today is about Israel’s victories over several kingdoms when claiming the Promised Land. In Joshua chapter 10, we have a stirring account of Israel’s battle against five Amorite kings at once, chock full of amazing imagery.
The Word tells us that God Himself intervened and fought on Israel’s side in that battle, pitching huge hailstones at the Israelites’ enemies, and answering Joshua’s prayer to cause the sun and moon to stand still until they were defeated.
The five Amorite kings, while their armies were being trounced, had been hiding in a cave, where Joshua had them trapped until he was ready to deal with them. Once the enemy had been totally devastated, their leaders were brought out of the cave, and Joshua gave the Israelites another powerful image of God’s triumph over every enemy:
24 When they had them all there in front of Joshua, he called up the army and told the field commanders who had been with him, “Come here. Put your feet on the necks of these kings.”
They stepped up and put their feet on their necks.
25 Joshua told them, “Don’t hold back. Don’t be timid. Be strong! Be confident! This is what God will do to all your enemies when you fight them.”
This Resurrection Sunday morning, I am reminded of the image of a victorious Christ, triumphant over death, Hell, and the grave.
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Cor 15:25-16, NIV)