unfinished victory

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unfinished victory

Joshua 13:8-13 (JDV)

Joshua 13:8 With the other half of the tribe of Manasseh, the Reubenites and Gadites had received the inheritance Moses gave them beyond the Jordan to the east, just like Moses Yahveh’s servant had given them:
Joshua 13:9 From Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Valley, along with the city in the middle of the valley, all the Medeba plateau as far as Dibon,
Joshua 13:10 and all the cities of King Sihon of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, to the border of the Ammonites;
Joshua 13:11 also Gilead and the territory of the Geshurites and Maacathites, all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah –
Joshua 13:12 the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei; he was one of the remaining Rephaim. Moses struck them down and pushed them out,
Joshua 13:13 but the Israelites did not push out the Geshurites and Maacathites. So Geshur and Maacath still live in Israel today.

unfinished victory

There are a number of accounts like this in Joshua, indicating that in some respects, the Israelites failed to completely eliminate their enemies.

I think the reason behind these reminders is that the people of Israel could have accomplished their mission, but didn’t. They had God’s power behind them, but failed to follow him completely. Thus there was victory, but it was not complete victory.

Such passages should motivate us to be wholeheartedly committed to God and his plan, but also to realize that final and complete victory will be at his hands, not ours.

God of our victory, we trust you to finish what you started.
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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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