PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Joshua 15-16
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem.” (Joshua 15:63)
The book of Joshua starts with God’s promise of help, if they stay true to God.
“Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)
God enables them to be successful in Jericho, and in subsequent battles.
So what is happening here in Jerusalem, why are they not being successful?
The text does not tell us, but it is a hint of what is to come (read Judges).
They became ‘worldly’, allowing faith and sin to co-exist.
The problem was in their hearts, they were accommodating immorality.
Jerusalem represents the city of God, where the temple would be built.
And yet Jerusalem seems to remain a mixed up city, with mixed loyalties.
It was Jerusalem that eventually crucified God’s messiah.
This is why God had to send a messiah, because His covenant partners kept failing.
Jesus’s heart is pure and devoted to God to the very end, and is successful for us!
He now gives us His Spirit to help us dislodge the sin in our hearts that remain.
What is the sin in your heart that you need to dislodge, and can with Jesus’s help?
Lord, Israel could not overcome sin in their heart, and neither can I. But together with You I can, if I am willing. Help me to not give in to sin in me, but to keep fighting it with Your help!