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

Comment:

When the king of Jerusalem heard of the fate that had befallen the kingdoms near to their country, the fear he had  did not move him to take the right course of making peace with God and His people, but to mobilize other kings of like temperament to oppose the work of God. (Joshua 10:1-5) It is capital folly for one to attempt to fight against God. “Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.” (Isaiah 27:4, 5. See also Matthew 21:44; Acts 9:5) The devil and his agents will not humble themselves to accept the leadership of Christ Jesus, the greater Joshua, but will fight, thinking that they could gain victory by sheer numbers. All those hearing the word of God today should make full use of the opportunity by turning from darkness to light.

The Bible admonishes “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” - Hebrews 10:26,27.

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