Monday, June 04, 2007

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

A Biblical Theology Briefing
Joshua 5:13-6:17
Graham Beynon
Minister, Avenue Community Church, Leicester
"This land of Canaan is to be God’s kingdom: that is the place where he rules, where he is king with his people. That’s the big picture of what’s going on in the Old Testament. God rescues a people who’ll have a relationship with him and takes them to live with him in his kingdom. This conquering of Jericho is part of that process...

I don’t want to minimise our shock over the events of Jericho and the total annihilation that takes place. But what I want us to see that anyone who has a problem with Joshua over this actually has more of a problem with Jesus. Remember Marcion who had such trouble with the destruction of Jericho, and threw away the OT, he also had to edit the NT, he cut out anything about judgement. He ended up with a very short Bible, because from beginning to end the Bible says God will not allow a rebellious world to rebel forever. He will not allow evil to go unpunished. And the day his kingdom is finally established is the day justice will come, and he will be seen to be God."

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