LESSON 95 JASHER CH 91
AFTER THE DEATH OF JOSHUA
1. At that time, after the death of Joshua, the children of the Canaanites were still in the land, and the Israelites resolved to drive them out.
2. And the children of Israel asked of the Lord, saying, Who shall first go up for us to the Canaanites to fight against them? And the Lord said, Judah shall go up.
3. And the children of Judah said to Simeon, Go up with us into our lot, and we will fight against the Canaanites and we likewise will go up with you, in your lot, so the children of Simeon went with the children of Judah.
4. And the children of Judah went up and fought against the Canaanites, so the Lord delivered the Canaanites into the hands of the children of Judah, and they smote them in Bezek, ten thousand men.
5. And they fought with Adonibezek in Bezsek, and he fled from before them, and they pursued him and caught him, and they took hold of him and cut off his thumbs and great toes.
6. And Adoni-bezek said, Three score and ten kings having their thumbs and great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table, as I have done, so God has requited me, and they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.
7. And the children of Simeon went with the children of Judah, and they smote the Canaanites with the edge of the sword.
8. And the Lord was with the children of Judah, and they possessed the mountain, and the children of Joseph went up to Bethel, the same is Luz, and the Lord was with them.
9. And the children of Joseph spied out Bethel, and the watchmen saw a man going forth from the city, and they caught him and said unto him, Show us now the entrance of the city and we will show kindness to thee.
10. And that man showed them the entrance of the city, and the children of Joseph came and smote the city with the edge of the sword.
11. And the man with his family they sent away, and he went to the Hittites and he built a city, and he called the name thereof Luz, so all the Israelites dwelt in their cities, and the children of Israel dwelt in their cities, and the children of Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders, who had lengthened their days after Joshua, and saw the great work of the Lord, which he had performed for Israel.
12. And the elders judged Israel after the death of Joshua for seventeen years.
13. And all the elders also fought the battles of Israel against the Canaanites and the Lord drove the Canaanites from before the children of Israel, in order to place the Israelites in their land.
14. And he accomplished all the words which he had spoken to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the oath which he had sworn, to give to them and to their children, the land of the Canaanites.
15. And the Lord gave to the children of Israel the whole land of Canaan, as he had sworn to their ancestors, and the Lord gave them rest from those around them, and the children of Israel dwelt securely in their cities.
16. Blessed be the Lord for ever, amen, and amen.
17. Strengthen yourselves, and let the hearts of all you that trust in the Lord be of good courage.
The Lord said to Joshua:
"Fear them not, for I have delivered them into thine hand."
Joshua then told the people:
"Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage; for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight."
There were still giants in the land of Israel. The Anakims were descendants of the marriage of the "sons of God and the daughters of men (Genesis 6) for the devil tried the same tactics again after the flood (Genesis 6:4). Yet, here, the giants were hiding in the mountainous regions.
"at that time, came Joshua and cut off the Anakims from the mountains... destroyed them utterly with their cities. There were none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel, only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained."
At the death of Joshua, it is said:
"There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed."
So it is with our land, and with our revivals. Even with all the miraculous things we have seen, and will soon see, there still remains much to do for the Lord. Life is a constant battle, and no victory is the final one... not on this side of the rapture. Even when in revival, we see more and more battles come.
I Peter 5:8-9
"Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour, whom resist, steadfast in the faith."
There are too many sleeping, apathetic, lethargic Christians. God is not willing to allow us to sit upon a pew and await the rapture. He wants us to conquer, conquer, and conquer some more of the territories of the devil.
One of the last conquests was the killing of the false prophet that had given them so much trouble, Balaam. He was 150 at the time of the exodus, and was now well past 190, probably over 200 years old, and still in conflict with God's people. He had caused Moses trouble many times, but still survived to cause more trouble later.
"Balaam, also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them."
Balaam was a subverter, devourer of the people. He was the son of Beor, a king of Edom, and seems to have known of the power of God, but chose to use the powers of evil. A donkey even tried to warn Balaam, but he would not listen. There are likewise many within church congregations today, who know of God's power, but choose to live contrary to God. They spiritually abuse God's children... aid the enemies of God, and are somehow always around the trouble that comes upon the saints. God will someday allow us to cut off the troublemakers, offenders, hypocrites of the last days. The demons that aid them will be powerless against the revived saints of God. Do not despair about the troublemakers, they have a certain and horrible end awaiting them.
Do not quit battling. Do not allow the devil to deceive you into thinking you have obtained all God wants you to have!
are satisfied with just salvation,
do not seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
are satisfied with one gift of the Spirit,
will be satisfied with a little revival,
quit before the victory is complete.
Israel failed herein also:
"the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites."
"As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out, but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day."
Jerusalem was not fully conquered until 500 years later, when David did it... (II Samuel 5:3-7)
Some would rather gain financially, than to gain spiritually.
"Yet, it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong; that they put the Canaanites to tribute, but did not utterly drive them out."
Today, there is a watered-down gospel, that tries to keep the big givers, the prestigious, the elite of society. Some choose to minister to the rich, and neglect the whole gospel because it might "drive them out." They would rather have a big offering than a big revival.
Many a revival is ended, because some think we can now relax, enjoy our victories, and quit the battle. The enemy will hinder us. We need to totally eliminate sin, totally drive away the enemy, and totally stop the false prophets, the spiritual abusers, and the hypocrites of the last days. The prosperity emphasis, the desire for big bank accounts for the congregations, will bring an end to true revival. We need to expend our fortunes here, to build up fortunes in heaven.
We need to learn such a lesson also, for these things happened for our examples. It is not in the finances, architecture of the church, its location, its advertising, its special speakers, the education of its leaders, the quality of its music, no, it is the prayer, intercession, spiritual priority of its people that bring a heaven-sent revival!!!
I Corinthians 10:11
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition (Greek = nouthesia = warning), upon whom the ends of the world (Greek = aionos = age, which means they are to be reckoned as lessons especially for those of the last days) are come."
We may learn what revival is all about, how to have it, how to win in battle over the devil, and how to enter into the promises of God by looking into Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, etc.
CALEB, THE SPIRITUAL GIANT
"Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb... said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses, the man of god, concerning Me and Thee in Kadesh-barnea. Forty years old was I... espy the land... and I brought him word again, as it was in my heart... My brethren that went up with me made my heart melt, but I wholly followed my God. And Moses sware on that day, saying Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance... I am this day 85 years old... I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me. Now therefore give me this mountain, for thou hast heard how Anakims (giants) were there. Joshua blessed him and gave Caleb, Hebron for an inheritance because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel."
Caleb lived to see the conquering of the Promised land. He believed that he would be able to possess all the land that he walked on.. Therefore, he had faith, that even at 85 years old, he could conquer the mountain in which the giants of the land were fortressed.
"Caleb drove thence three sons of Anak, Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai."
The remains of the ancient structures found in that area testify to the giants that once inhabited the area. There are walls of dark marble (no wood int he buildings). The walls of the buildings were 5 to 8 feet thick. The roof slabs were six inches thick. The ceilings were 20 to 30 feet high. The doorways were 10 feet high. Og, the king of that land, had a bedstead of 18 and a half feet long, and 8 and a half feet wide.
Caleb wanted to take on the giants of that area. He typifies the kind of warrior God wants amidst His saints in the last days. He wants warriors that have great hopes, desires to see spiritual victories. He wants us to have the courage to be "more than conquerors through Him Who loved us." He wants saints who want a "giant" share of the latter rain revival. He wants saints who are unafraid of the roar of the devil, and want to take back the territory with which the devil feels most safe. The Lord wants more "Caleb's" in these last days.
The original site of Bethel was near the city of Luz, and was on Mount Moriah (which Calvary, Zion, and Olivet were also peaks of this mountain.) Jasher 30:3 and Genesis 28:17 tell us that this site was a holy site... Here in Jasher 91:8-11 explains why the error of calling the later city called "Luz" to be the original "Bethel." The current city of Luz is a second city, after the destruction of the first. The real "Bethel" (which means "the house of God") is near Jerusalem, and is one of the mountain parts of Moriah.
A false religion arose at the false site of Bethel, and God sent prophets there to condemn those who worshipped there instead of Jerusalem... Had this been the real "Bethel", proper worship of Jehovah would have been proper on the holy ground of that place.
King Jeroboam of Israel set up a golden calf upon the false site of Bethel, which was the site of the second Luz (see I Kings 13). Josiah later destroyed it, but even later the Samaritans, who did not realize this to be the false site of Bethel tried to use it as a substitute for Jerusalem, and the real site of worship (upon Mount Moriah).
We can understand the reluctance of the Samaritans to worship in Jerusalem, where they were unwelcome, but that does not excuse false worship. There are many false religions today which, unfortunately, spring up as a result of the un-Christian behavior of some congregations. Still, there is only One Lord, One way to heaven through Him and though their excuse to reject the Christian congregations of hypocrisy, spiritual abuse, and form without real love and spiritual power is understandable, there is still only One Name under heaven though which we may be saved. His name is Jesus.
Jesus dealt with the woman at the well with this matter:
"The woman said unto Him, Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain (the false Bethel), and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father... the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him."
We as saints, now can worship the Lord within our own beings, for He dwells within us, not simply upon some mountain somewhere!