God’s Intervention in Human History
Today’s reading: Joshua 9-10; Luke 3
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” Luke 3:6
42 And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42
Luke quotes from Isaiah in introducing the ministry of John the Baptist. John was preparing the people for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah described one who cried in the wilderness, calling the people to prepare the way of the Lord. That prophecy was fulfilled as John, literally, preached in the wilderness proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Crowds came to John and sought baptism. He did not soft pedal his message, but warned them of the wrath to come and the need to make changes in their lives that reflected true repentance. Two groups were specifically mentioned: the tax collectors and the soldiers. John’s ministry was blessed by God so much that people thought perhaps he was the Christ, but later he clarified that Jesus was the One whose worth was far above his own and that Jesus would take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Isaiah’s words came true that all flesh would see the salvation of God.
In our reading in Joshua, God was at work defeating the enemies of Israel. Certainly, the twelve tribes saw the salvation of God from those who had defiled the land with pagan worship. God blessed them with much victory using even hailstones and a suspended sunset to accomplish His purposes.
God intervenes in human history for the salvation of His people. Whether we see signs of miraculous intervention or not, He has promised to save those who come to Him through Christ. None of our enemies can stand before Him. He overcomes the sinful hearts of tax collectors and soldiers. He destroys the unrepentant, but saves His own. Look for His presence as you pray to Him today.