Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NIPTO, Day 234

What is this?!?
I'm blogging in the morning two days in a row?
This is madness. =P

All of my dance classes went well.
Ballet (at Urban Vision) was good. There are 14 girls in the class! But it's an older class. They're starting notebooks to put the dance steps that they're learning in, so yesterday was just that mostly. And some stretching. Then I went to my dance classes. They were good. We didn't really learn anything new. Just did some combinations that are impossible for me. I need to practice my turns. Because they're not good right now. I tried on jazz shoes. So yeah. I'm getting jazz shoes which is pretty exciting.
Annnd we ended early. Soo I got home early last night which was nice.
I missed Glee last night. I saw on facebook that it was pretty epic. It was the Brittney Spears episode. I'll watch that tomorrow.
Today I need to get a ton of school done this morning. And then this afternoon Mom and I are going out to lunch and to see You Again with Carrie and her mom. It should be super awesome!
Then I'm probably going to come home, finish any school I have, then go to Alpha, come home, watch Survivor, and sleep. Because that's how life is these days. And I woke up with a tickle in my throat. Which will go away with getting enough sleep. Promise. I'm also going to drink a lot of tea and hot apple cider. Because that's also how life is these days. COLD. =)

So... NIPTO?
Joshua 11:1-23
1 When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of Shimron and Acshaph, 2 and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabah south of Kinnereth, in the western foothills and in Naphoth Dor on the west; 3 to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below Hermon in the region of Mizpah. 4 They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. 5 All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

Haven't they learned? Don't fight Israel! But one of the kings decided that he didn't like Israel being so... domineering. So he got a bunch of cities and kings together and they went off to fight Israel.

 6 The LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel, slain. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots."

God is so amazing. And funny. (At least I think he's funny...) He reassures them that they'll win and tells them to hamstring their horses. Uhmmmm just an interesting mental pictures haha.

 7 So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them, 8and the LORD gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left. 9Joshua did to them as the LORD had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots. 

They listened and attached. God gave the people to Israel. They defeated them. They hamstrung their horses (interesting use of the past tense... I'm not going to argue with the Bible though! haha). And they burned their chariots. Fun stuff right there.

 10 At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword. (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.) 11 Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyed them, not sparing anything that breathed, and he burned up Hazor itself.

GULP. Uh. Joshua just kinda killed the king of Hazor, everyone in Hazor and burned the city. Don't get on the bad side of these guys! 

 12 Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. 13 Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned. 14 The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed. 15 As the LORD commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.

So they took all the royal cities, killed their kings and destroyed them. They didn't burn any of the cities of Hazor. They took the plunder, livestock, of the city and killed anyone that breathed. (So if you could hold your breath indefinitely, you lived.)
They listened to what God had commanded Moses, Moses had commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it. He got it done. 

 16 So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills, 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and struck them down, putting them to death. 18 Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time. 19Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle. 20 For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Wow. Joshua took... a whole lot of land. Captured kings, killed them. Was at war for a long time. Except with the Hivites. Because they were smart.
God made it happen though. He hardened their hearts towards Israel. Just so he could destroy them and make a point.

 21 At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. 22 No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive. 23 So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions.
      Then the land had rest from war.

Joshua killed races. Not just families. Races. That's intense.
Joshua just took the land and divided it up among the Israelites according to tribes. 
And then... "the land had rest from war." 
There was no fighting for a while. *sigh*
How nice. :)

Hope y'all have a good day!

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