Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

Location: Amherst, Virginia, United States

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Northern Conquest

Daily Readings
Proverbs 28 + Joshua 11 + Nahum 1:15-2:13 + Ephesians 6

Quote of the Day
When one will not listen to the law,
Even one’s prayers are an abomination. Proverbs 28:9

Daily Text: Joshua 11:1-7, 10, 15, 18, 20

Northern Conquest
Chapter 10 reflects Joshua’s defeat of the southern part of the land, and chapter 11 extends that to the northern section of the promised land. King Jabin of Hazor is the principal party to organize and come out against Joshua. Hazor was a major city, covering 175 acres—ten times the size of the next largest city. 40, 000 people may have lived in this city in the 13th century B.C. when the Israelites conquered and burnt it. The archeological evidence is solid. While there is no proof that the Israelites did this to Hazor, there is the record in Joshua and very few quibble with it. How in the world did this wandering band of people move into this country, face the overwhelming odds they did and come out on top? The testimony of chapter 11 is that if Joshua did what the Lord commanded he would be victorious. It didn’t come overnight. Verse 18 notes that “Joshua made war a long time with all those kings,” but in the end, “Joshua took the whole land,…and …gave it for an inheritance to Israel…[verse 23]” Obedience leads to the fulfillment of God’s promises.

from Jericho
Frank Foxcroft


In the long march of every life,
Where there is much of toil and strife,

Remaineth still some Jericho,
Some firm stronghold where lurks the foe.

And as the Israelites, of old,
Trusted the promise, we are told.

And had the patience to fulfill
The unknown mysteries of God’s will;

So we, if we with patience wait,
Unbought by love, unmoved by hate,

Shall see the walls of error go
As went the walls of Jericho.


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