Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 11

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Kaph- crowning accomplishment

Y’hoshua 11:1-5 Then it came about, when Yavin (Jabin) king of Hatzor heard of it, that he sent to Yovav (Jobab) king of Madon and to the king of Shimron and to the king of Akhshaf (Achshaph), and to the kings who were of the north in the hill country, and in the Aravah (Arabah) -- south of Kinn’rot (Chinneroth) and in the lowland and on the heights of Dor on the west-- to the Kena’ani (Canaanite) on the east and on the west, and the Emori (Amorite) and the Hitti (Hittite) and the P’rizi (Perizzite) and the Y’vusi (Jebusite) in the hill country, and the Hivi (Hivite) at the foot of Hermon in the land of Miztpah. And they came out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots. So all of these kings having agreed to meet, came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

The kings of the north joined forces and they were more numerous than the Israelites. This was a formidable foe that Israel was now facing.

Y’hoshua 11:6-9 Then the L-RD said to Y’hoshua, "Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel; you shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire." So Y’hoshua and all the people of war with him came upon them suddenly by the waters of Merom, and attacked them. And the L-RD delivered them into the hand of Israel, so that they defeated them, and pursued them as far as Great Tzidon (Sidon) and Misrefot-Mayim (Misrephoth-maim) and the valley of Mitzpeh to the east; and they struck them until no survivor was left to them. And Y’hoshua did to them as the L-RD had told him; he hamstrung their horses, and burned their chariots with fire.

All the L-rd had promised came to pass. Y’hoshua did not doubt G-d or what He could do. He led His people to the Promised Land through the power of the L-rd. Don’t ever doubt what G-d can do in your life. It does not matter what your situation may be. Y’hoshua is and was a type of Messiah. Yeshua too is willing to guide us to the Promised Land. He received instructions to come here to die for us so that anyone can go to the Promised Land above. All we have to do is trust this and confess that He died for our sins and rose again just like the scriptures alluded to, along with the prophets including Daniel. The whole Bible points to Him who is our only savior through the power of G-d.

Hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire – they cut the large ligament on the rear legs of the horses. This would cripple them and they would be useless. That and burning the chariots wipe out the mobility of any possible counter attack even if there were any survivors.

Romans 10:8-13 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Yeshua is L-rd," and believe in your heart that G-d raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same L-rd is L-rd of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the L-rd will be saved."

What a crowning accomplishment. He will also come to destroy the Anti-Messiah in the last days before Yeshua’s millennial reign on earth. Then there will be peace.

Y’hoshua 11:10-15 Then Y’hoshua turned back at that time, and captured Hatzor and struck its king with the sword; for Hatzor formerly was the head of all these kingdoms. And they struck every person who was in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed. And he burned Hatzor with fire. And Y’hoshua captured all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, and he struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; just as Moses the servant of the L-RD had commanded. However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hatzor alone, which Y’hoshua burned. And all the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the sons of Israel took as their plunder; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They left no one who breathed. Just as the L-RD had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Y’hoshua, and so Y’hoshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the L-RD had commanded Moses.

Burned Hatzor with fire – They burned the capital of this wicked kingdom.

In the future the earth will be burned and purged of its wickedness.

2 Kefa (Peter) 3:10 But the day of the L-rd will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Y’hoshua 11:16-20 Thus Y’hoshua took all that land: the hill country and all the Negev, all that land of Goshen, the lowland, the Aravah, the hill country of Israel and its lowland from Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir, even as far as Baal-gad in the valley of L’vanon (Lebanon) at the foot of Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them down and put them to death. Y’hoshua waged war a long time with all these kings. There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivi (Hivites) living in Giv’on (Gibeon); they took them all in battle. For it was of the L-RD to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that he might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them, just as the L-RD had commanded Moshe.

It took seven years for Israel to defeat all of its enemies in the Promised Land.

Y’hoshua 11:21-23 Then Y’hoshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim (Anakites) from the hill country, from Hebron, from D’vir (Debir), from Anav (Anab) and from all the hill country of Y’hudah (Judah) and from all the hill country of Israel. Y’hoshua utterly destroyed them with their cities. There were no Anakim left in the land of the sons of Israel; only in Azah (Gaza), in Gat (Gath), and in Ashdod some remained. So Y’hoshua took the whole land, according to all that the L-RD had spoken to Moshe, and Y’hoshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Thus the land had rest from war.

The Anakim were the giants in B’midbar (Numbers) chapter 3 and 4 that ten of the Israeli spies had been afraid of confronting, costing Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Now with the help of the L-rd they defeated them easily.

As stated already Yeshua too will conquer the land in the future and also give it to Israel then a thousand year reign of peace.