The Israelites destroy 5 Amorite kings and their cities (Joshua 10:16‐43)

The aim of this passage is to cause to learn how the Israelites in a short period destroyed the Amorites in Canaan.

God empowers us to do what He has commanded us to do.

The five Amorite kings, seeing their eminent destruction, fled and hid in a cave at a place called Makkedah. Joshua was told of where they were hiding. Joshua instructed his men to place a large stone at the entrance of the cave to keep the kings from escaping and also leave some men to guard the place.

He also instructed his men to continue pursuing their enemies and attack them before they could enter fortified cities. The Israelites were not to let the enemy escape because God had delivered them into their hands. So the Israelites continue pursuing their enemies and only a few escaped to fortified cities. They then all returned to Makkedah and the inhabitants of the land feared them.

Joshua asked for the five kings to be brought to him. When they were brought to him, Joshua asked the officers to put their feet on the necks of the kings. Joshua asked the Israelites not to be afraid or dismayed. They were to be strong and courageous because God would place all their enemies under their feet. Joshua then put the kings to death and hanged their bodies on five trees. At sundown, Joshua had the bodies of the kings taken down, thrown in the cave they had hidden in and the cave sealed with large stones.

The city of Makkedah was destroyed along with all its inhabitants. The Israelites then moved on to another city named Libnah and they fought against it. God gave that city to them and they completely destroyed it and its inhabitants. They then moved into a city called Lachish and completely destroyed it. When Horam king of Gezer came and tried to help Lachish, the Israelites defeated him and his people. After Lachish, the Israelites did the same to Eglon, Hebron, and Debir. All the people in that region were destroyed by the Israelites because God was with the Israelites.

After this Joshua and his men returned to their camp at Gilgal.

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

2 Peter 1:3-4  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

What has God led you to do? How can you pray for empowerment to do it?