The Preacher's Commentary on the Book of Joshua

The Preacher's Commentary on the Book of Joshua

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... fears lest we should presume. Great fear of our own sufficiency may go with great faith in the Lord, and with confidence in the fidelity of those who are really under His teaching and guidance. HI. The prompt fidelity of the Israelites (verses 7--9). Joshua, and all Israel with him, immediately responded to this appeal of the Gibeonites. 1. The obligation felt by a true man to defend all belonging to him. The Gibeonites were weak, compared with the host gathered against them. They were the mere servants of the Levites, and their position was the humblest in all Israel. The danger of the weak does but inspire a true man. The meanest part of the body calls, no less than the head itself, for the full strength of the defending arm. 2. The responsibility felt by a true man to honour, not merely the letter, but the very spirit of his words. Joshua had only promised to "let them live" (chap. ix. 15), and not to risk the lives of his army to save theirs. Thus ran the letter of the league. But to have no occasion against them, and to have recognised them as servants of the tabernacle, was for Joshua to feel bound to defend them. "He knew little difference betwixt killing them with his own sword and the sword of an Amorite: whosoever should give the blow, the murder would be his. Some men kill as much by looking on as others by smiting. We are guilty of all the evil we might have hindered." Bishop Hall. 8. The energy with which a true man is inspired when he feels himself in the way of right. "Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night." "He gives twice, who gives quickly," says the old Latin proverb. Far Joshua not to have aided Gibeon at once, would have been to lose more

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  • English
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