Verse 3 If you only step on it, take it. It has been given to you already. In the name of Jesus Christ, all
that I see is mine. The Hindus say in the name of their gods.
Every place your foot touches. Joshua took command over the children of Israel after Moses' death.
"Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon" is an Eastern saying meaning, what you want you
must take, accept it yourself. Walk upon it, it is yours. Anything you put your foot on, anything you ask
for, anything you appropriate, is yours. Take it—no need to pay for it because God has promised it! All
things are ours in Christ today (healing, food, raiment, etc.). They become ours by taking them.
Verses 3-7 Prosper. "Prosper" is to do wisely.
Verse 5 "As I was with so and so, so I will be with thee." It means He is true to you. God is not asking
you to follow Him blindly. He is always with us.
Verse 7 "Prosper" means to do things wisely, intelligently with wisdom. If you read the Word of God,
you will know how to guide yourself.
Verse 8 Good success. "Have good success" also is to do wisely. The book of the law is God's Word.
Eastern condition of blessing is to meditate in the book of the law, day and night, and walk accordingly.
1. Word of God must not depart from out of mouths. 2. Meditate day and night (not merely Sunday
mornings). 3. Observe to do according to all that is written. We need to do these three things also if we
are to succeed. We do a lot of things wrong because we do not know the law.
Verse 9 Be strong. No matter where you may be, we may be in the condition of despair, in a condition
of fear, in a condition of frustration, confusion, etc. Remember the Lord thy God is with thee,
whithersoever thou goest.
Verse 14 "Armed" is the wrong word. The Oriental word is "ani pani yai." You get the people together
in groups of fives and go in order. They may have spears, but it means go by fives.
Armor. "Armor" should be marshalled by five. They did not need arms—they shouted only. To be
orderly and walk with God is the best armor available. They walked in lines of five. God fought their
Verse 16 Serving the man of God. They would do anything with and for their man of God. Joshua 2:3.
Harlot Rahab.
The story of Rahab.
Harlot—not a prostitute here. Depends on context, just as wine. Here harlot is an innkeeper. Inns
are built along roadside and also on the city wall at the gate of the city. The inn has two places. One for
the virgins who wait for the bridegroom to come through the city gate; the other any traveler can stay, eat
and sleep, etc. The innkeeper lives in a room upstairs. This is the kind of place Joshua sent the spies to
lodge in.
Why call her a harlot? Several thousand years ago, the inn system was started. Place for traveler to
stay free of charge—maintained by public funds. They asked for good man to come forth to head up the
work. No one came, so a woman did. "If you take the job," the elders of the gate said, "you cannot wear
the veil because you must talk to the customers." It was the custom for women not to talk to men. The
women who do this can only look at the men in their own family. And, if you take the veil off, people
will call you a harlot (one who serves anybody and everybody). This is in contrast to her culture where
she'd only serve one person. The name has nothing to do with morals, but culture. This is a name of an
office—harlot. We are supposed to serve only the Lord Jesus Christ. If we serve somebody else (the
world, the flesh, the Devil) at the same time, we're harlots. There is a divided loyalty—a spiritual harlot.
If you serve God and mammon, you're a spiritual harlot.
The Samaritan woman was not a prostitute either. She was a good respected woman. If either of
these women had been prostitutes, they would have been outside a three-mile limit. Pigs, liquor shops,
prostitutes, lepers are all placed outside the village in the East. She wouldn't have been allowed to stay in
the city, much less run the inn (which was an honorable job). The king of Jericho sent for her to appear
before the court—not so with a prostitute.
Verse 1 The innkeepers are called harlots whether men or women because when they first started, they
couldn't find men to be in charge of the inns and a woman came along and said that would be a good
business. They told her she would have to talk to everyone, and it wasn't in keeping with the custom. If
you do that they will call you harlot. Harlot means "one who talks to anybody and everybody, in contrast
to their tradition." So the woman took the job. If they serve anyone else beside Christ and love any other
God besides Christ, then they are harlots, too. The woman took them up on the flat roof and hid them.
She was not disloyal because she had faith. She covered them with flax on the roof and no one could tell
they were there. And then according to us, she told a lie. They shut the gate about six o'clock or as soon
as it gets dark.
Harlot, innkeeper. Harlot here does not mean "prostitute." She was an innkeeper. Meaning must be
determined by context. (Same with wine, fermented or grape juice, and viper, snake or scorpion.) Know
Rahab was an innkeeper because she lived on the town wall. If she had been a prostitute she would have
been dumped on outside of wall with pigs, lepers and liquor shops. She was a respected woman who
lived with her family and kept an inn which people were not charged for. Inns were supported by thetown.
Why was she called a "harlot." Even a male innkeeper is called harlot. Thousands of years ago,
there was an inn built in India for travelers who could not afford to pay. At the time there was no man to
take charge of it. Inn has two portions: one is a place where virgins wait for bridegroom to come (he
must come through city gate), the other is for travelers to lodge for night. When no man would accept the
responsibility, women stepped forth to accept it.
It was required that the women remove their veils so they could keep a good account of the people
and the business. Then they were called "harlot" because they looked at everyone and talked to everyone,
which was against their culture. Served everyone instead of serving only family. When the Word says
don't be a harlot, it means serve only Christ, don't serve everybody.
Joshua sent his men to this well-respected woman who kept an inn. Luke 10:35. Two pence was not
for room and board, but for something special because inns were supported by public funds.
Gate of the city, inn, harlot, Rahab. Most Eastern cities have walls around them and a gate which is
closed and opened at definite times during the day. On the wall of the city, at the gate, is a building called
an inn. The inn serves a two-fold purpose: 1. For the virgins who go to meet the bridegroom (who must
pass through the gate of the city to get in) is one section. 2. For the travelers (anybody who needs to
sleep and eat stops there and leaves the next day).
The person in charge of the inn is the harlot. Although in some cases "harlot" connotes a prostitute,
so is the innkeeper. When the inn system began in India, inns were built with public funds and the design
was to provide shelter for the virgins and travelers. Once constructed, the inns needed a manager. Since
no man accepted the responsibilty, a woman did. The woman who became manager of the inn had to be
able to talk to anybody. Therefore, she was told to forsake her veil. Without this veil, she was considered
peculiar and a harlot. Harlot because she forsook her culture in encouraging the bad name of girl.
Spiritually, a steward will love to work at a hotel. "Harlot" is the word used NOW to make description of
people, people in the ministry, and even was used to describe the men who managed inns. There is no
charge to be in the inn.
Harlot's house—the prostitutes in a small village are required to live outside of the town. "Harlot"
means one who looks at everyone, talks to everyone, serves everyone which is contrary to culture. In
the culture, the woman will only talk to their near relatives. They wear a veil when they go outside.
She serves anyone food and housing.
Harlot's house. The innkeeper would know of fugitives, etc. You can tell Rahab was innkeeper
because the king sent for her coming into town, so Corps went to her. Prostitutes don't have relatives.
Shittim is the name of a town where there are a lot of sitha trees (fruit trees). In America, these are called
accatia trees. The tree was used for wood and fruit.
There are three meanings for harlot: 1. A person who worships an idol. 2. A prostitute. 3. A
person who talks to everyone, serves everyone. The inn is built on the walls of the towns, near the gate.
The people must come in before the gate is closed at night. Inns in India are free—supported by public
Verses 1 and 2 Inn, harlot. God had told Joshua that He would give them the city of Jericho without
any war, but rather by the shout in unison of Israel. Joshua sent two spies to check the place out and they
lodged in Rahab, the harlot's house. Rahab was not a prostitute. A harlot can mean three different things:
1. Prostitute. 2. One who worships something other than the true God. 3. Innkeeper. Rahab was an
innkeeper. Travelers could stay and eat in inns without paying anything. There are two parts to the inn.
In one part, anyone can go to eat and sleep. On the other part is the place where the ten virgins go to wait
for the bridegroom whenever there is a wedding. The man or woman who is in charge of the inn is the
harlot. Why is the term "harlot" used? (The history of India has so much to teach the Western world.
Everything, good and bad, started there. A good book to read is India: What Can It Teach Us?)
Thousands of years ago in India, travelers had to stay in the streets. The Indians wanted to alleviate the
problem of tired, hungry travelers with nothing to eat and no place to stay, so they built inns for them on
the roadsides and at the entrance of the town walls. There was a need for one person to be in charge of
each inn to do the accounting, etc. In one village, no man stepped forward for the responsibility, so a
woman did so. The elders of the gate asked if she knew the consequences: she would have to take away
her veil and look at everyone face to face, and she would have to talk to anybody and everybody. The
custom was that women could talk only to their husbands, fathers, brothers, children and grandchildren,
and to no other men. A woman who removed her veil and talked to all men would be called a harlot for
serving anybody and everybody. It had nothing to do with morals. She was taking a respectable position.
She could not have been a prostitute because they are kept three miles from any village, along with pigs.
From this woman the position was open to other women. A harlot is also a person who serves not God
alone, but also the Devil and the flesh—anyone and everyone. Rahab is listed among the believers in
Hebrews 11. The king of Jericho sent for her also (Joshua 2:3). She was known and respected. The title
"harlot" has become official. Even male innkeepers are called harlots.
Verses 1-21 Rahab. Harlot. Blood. Jericho was walled around high with stones. The people were
confident in their strong stone wall that nobody could break it. They had a lot less confidence in the God
of Abraham. Their confidence was in the arm of flesh rather than in the living God. They thought that no
power on earth could take the city of Jericho. God said to Joshua, "I'll give you that city without your
touching that wall." So Joshua sent two men to see the land ahead. They scouted out the area.
Rahab, the harlot, ran a public inn. She told them that the God of Abraham was the true God. She
did not put her belief in the stone walls like the rest of Jericho. Then she protected the two spies and lied
to the king. They hid on the flat roof of her inn and she hid them in the flax stalks (or any other
commodity which needs drying). In the East, they also hide people in the courtyard well. They can go
through the well walls. The mouth of the well can be covered by a white cloth, and dry rice, flax, etc., on
top of this cloth. In the evening, Rahab went up to the roof and talked to the spies and asked for
protection from the destruction of Jericho which would be wrought by God. The scarlet cord is the
marker that was used so that the spies could protect Rahab and her family. She is mentioned in Hebrews
among the "heroes of faith." She was a woman of responsibility in Jericho, and she knew their plans and
committed treason by not reporting this to the authorities. She stood by God rather than by the nation.
She knew the stone walls could not save them. The same thing happened to Jacob and Esau!
Everything Jacob did was to glory God, and he kept the covenant with God which was made to his
grandfather. Jacob wanted no self-recognition for it. The same with Rahab. Jacob stood for God; Esau
had unbelief. God hates the sin, not the sinner. The wages of sin is death. Loyalty to a nation is good
and important, yet loyalty to God must be first (Matthew 6:33). She was saved because of her belief in
God. Her scarlet cord was her salvation (like the lamb's blood on the door).
Four cultures in the world: 1. Semetic—from which come Jews and Arabs. 2. Mongolian—from
which comes Chinese, Japanese, American Indian, Korean, Burmese (yellow face, broad face, small
eyes). 3. Aryan—U.S., European and Indian. 4. Negroid—African (mainly).
Every culture knew about God and the remedy for protection, safety, security and cleansing of sin,
was blood. Cain brought from the fruit of his labor an offering. Abel brought cattle and other things
which God gave. Cain brought his own good works (by his labor) before God. Abel brought God's
works before God as an offering. When people sinned, since then, they killed an animal and used the skin
as a protection. From that time, shedding of blood has been the remedy and protection of sin of mankind.
There is life in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). This scarlet thread was symbol of blood or sacrifice. They
put their whole life under the protection of the blood.
Verse 14 When they say, "our life for yours" they also cut their palms.
Verse 15 She let them down to the garden downstairs. Their houses have a passage through which you
go upstairs from the garden. Some houses have a summer roof they call it, so when you sleep up on top,
the dew won't fall on you. She must have let them down between the battlement, which is a little wall so
the children won't fall off, and the posters for the roof. Battlement is about 2 or 3 feet of all which is
around upstairs. In the battlement you make holes for the posters and on top they put coconut leaves or
something else so the breeze can get in. Sometimes they put rafters across.
Verse 18 Scarlet line is symbolic of salvation—the blood of Christ. This woman was not a traitor like
some think. She was on God's side.
Verse 9 In every village in India there is a huge stone set up. The people pour oil on them occasionally.
They are not thought of as an idol. It means something tremendous has happened in that town. The Lord
saved them from fire for instance. So they set up a stone as a memorial. They put up a stone because
they believe stones can hear what you say. The stones will speak when the time comes. When you go in
the street, you mustn't use any bad language, talking bad about someone, planning to cut someone's
throat, etc., because the stone is listening. It keeps the people in order.
Setting up 12 stones. These stones are set up as memorials. They became idols later, although they
were intended only as memorials or monuments. When one gets enlightened, he is not as vulnerable to
criticism. We confuse and misjudge one another. (Some sanitary cleaning processes were changed to law
because of repetition.)
Verse 15 The Hindus do not wear shoes in the houses because they think of the house as a place where
God dwells. That is why one part of the house is dedicated to the Lord all the time. There is a light
burning all the time, night and day. Where God is, you must not wear shoes. In some places people walk
in church without shoes. You must leave your shoes outside. Shoes are to the people like dogs. Because
they are made of leather. He couldn't wear a leather belt in India among the Hindus.
Loose thy shoe from off of thy foot. In the East, shoes are removed for temple worship and for
prayer. Why? When a man prays, the land he stands on is holy ground. (Because God is present there
when they pray, call upon Him.) When we pray, we must stand on what God has given us. Shoes are not
a plague. The tanner makes shoes, and must be located outside of the city because they are looked on as
nominal people. This is why Simon stayed with the tanner. He couldn't have done this before being born
again. Shoemakers are looked down upon because leather comes from dead animals. In order to get their
materials tanners must kill, which makes the Easterners think that tanners are murderers. So the tanner is
aiding and abetting those who murder the animals.
Verse 4 Ram's horn. Ram's horns are for something—referred to in Luke 1:69 as "horn of salvation."
The ram's horns are made with a hole in the thinner part of it, blow it. They are used in the temples, in the
armies; seven is the number of perfect completeness.
Verse 9 It means the army that follows you. The priests are before, but the people are behind you.
Rereward. "Rereward" means the army that follows. It is a battalion, the army that comes after you.
Verse 16 "Shout" means in his language (the Bishop's language) ar gai. It means "rejoice greatly." You
don't just yell. You must say words of praise and joy and you must shout in a loud voice.
Shout. "Shout" is not correct. Rejoice greatly in this verse is the better translation according to
Bishop Pillai. This is not shouting. Rejoice greatly is praising God with thanksgiving, adoration and is
not conveyed in "shout."
Verse 6 Ashes are symbolic of salvation by sacrifice. Sometimes when they practice yoga, they dig a
pit in the sand and get in it up to the throat and practice. That idea is "Lord, although I am willing to be
buried alive as I am." "I am willing to be buried alive that my soul might be enlightened, that I might find
the peace of God." They pray so long and then somebody comes and lifts you up. The dust means "I
come from the dust and I am going back to dust in order that you may have sympathy for me and help me
up." They put dust on the head for the same thing. It means "I am going to the grave anytime." "Dust on
the head" means "I am willing to be buried alive."
Dust upon head. Dust is symbolic of humiliation and disgust. Here it shows that he is so ashamed,
disgusted and humiliated that he would rather be buried alive for this disgrace. He is saying he is willing
to be buried alive.
Verse 9 Joshua and the other prophets before weren't concerned with themselves, but with the glory of
God. They say, "If you kill all these people in Egypt, what will the heathen people say. We don't care
what happens to us, but what happens to your glory. That is an Oriental way of pleading God's glory first.
Great name. Moses and Joshua always prayed and said unto God, "What will thou do to thy great
name if you do not do these things?" If you do not answer this prayer, what will my people do? Please
come through so that you get the glory. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
Verse 11 Achan. Achan took the accursed thing—a bunch of gold from the booty. He did what God
said not to do, and put it in his own stuff. We shoud live spotless lives.
Verse 12 Accursed. Because of one man's mistake? Is this why they were accursed? One man's sin
means that the whole camp is defiled. Anybody who is defiled, we wise ones must convert and help keep
the body pure. We must comfort, advise, appeal to them, correct them.
Verse 15 Accursed. One man robs, why must the whole family be killed? Because the whole thing
must be wiped out. When a man dies, the entire house must be washed and all that is in it. If one man
sinned, we all must get right with God and pray for one another. God's power will move among us, and
that sin will not be laid to our charge. Talking is evil. Unbelief spreads fast (that's why it took 40 years
for the children of Israel to get to the Promised Land).
Verse 19 If they want to get the truth from some person they always take the man to the priest. That is
why the Roman Catholic priests have a tremendous power in India. They won't tell the truth to the
church, or the police, but if a man of God comes along, he will tell him the whole truth. The man of God
won't put him in jail. They look upon him as a representative of God.
Verses 19,20,24,25 Stoned. Stoning was a practice because the commandments were written on stones.
If someone broke a law, the stoning was symbolic of being the stone of the law; that the stone which
bears the law is killing them. If Achan had just stolen gold, why did all of his sheep, etc., get
exterminated? What did they do? Nothing. This is the cleansing of the camp... like leprosy which breeds
and spreads. If a person in a congregation is negative and full of unbelief, all of the members should go
and ask him, comfort him, cleanse him and help him. If he won't listen, then it is good for us to put him
out, rather than to keep the disease inside the church. We must tell people before removing them. Most
people will hold onto their negatives and say, "Lord, Lord, I am weak, help me Lord, save me." This is a
contradiction. We must get rid of negatives first. Then God is with us. (An experience from Richmond,
Virginia about dishonesty in the church.)
Begins speaking about Southern Baptist church and Pentecostal churches—the importance of both
the Word and the baptism of the holy ghost. Burn off negatives and anger and self-made prejudice (as
Achan had had his entire family and property burned) because it will be a snare unto you for the rest of
your life. The Word of God is a mountain. People complain about the Word and fight against it. It is
like a dog barking at a mountain. The dog can bark until it dies. The mountain is still there. God's Word
is that mountain.
Verses 21 and 22 "Silver under it." Silver always stands for strength, protection, so he puts these things
and under it all he puts silver. The idea is that it will be protected, it will be saved. The man did not steal
it by coincidence or out of his poverty, but the man intended to steal with all his heart, mind and soul
because he did not just hide it anywhere, but he put silver under it and hid the stuff on top of it. He meant
business. He wanted it for himself. He wanted to do business with the Lord in the right way and see it
was kept.
Verses 24 and 25 In the funerals when the person is dead, they come back home after the burial and
after a certain time they wash all the clothes in the house, whitewash the house, put new wallpaper on,
wash everything, burn up the dead man's clothes, etc. They don't keep anything belonging to the dead
Verse 31 Whole stones, not chiseled. "Iron" is a chisel. Altars in the East are built of whole stones,
crude stones, without being chiseled and smoothed out. No altar should be chiseled, altar is symbolic of
Jesus Christ; he is our altar. No blemish can be found in our altar. No man's hand will chisel the stones.
No man's effort has anything to do with Jesus Christ. Nobody smoothed him. He is spotless, nobody
smoothed him. He is spotless, lovely, unspotted with the world. He is, therefore, a complete wonderful
sacrifice and we can trust him. We have been redeemed wholly and wonderfully saved.
Verses 31 and 32 The stones used for altars must be God-made stones and not made by man. Once you
build the altar, you may write on it to glorify God more. The altar is symbolic of sacrifices. There is no
man's invention in salvation. That is why you can't use stones made or hewed by man.
Verse 32 Wrote on the stones. He wrote upon the stones because it was symbolic. The law of God was
written in stone; sense of permanency and eternal, everyone can see it, undefaceable.
Verse 4 "Bottles" are made of goatskins.
Bottles. The bottles were wine bottles, goat skin bottles. These bottles keep water and wine; they
can be rent and then rebound. These were spies, dressing up as if they were from distant places. They
were lying.
Verse 5 "Clouted" means the shoes are not only aid, but they give the impression that they have been
walking a long time on an important job. "Moldy" means that germs were getting inside.
Moldy bread. They wanted to impress that they were from a long way.
Verses 6-19 Joshua and the imposters. Verse 8: "servants" should be "slaves." Verse 12: is the first lie.
Verse 13 is second lie. Verse 14 the people to whom the lies were told took the imposters in because of
the food evidence and did not consult God! They were crooks deceiving them. But they wanted to act
real fast rather than slowly, consulting God first. Verse 19, they had promised the imposters life. They
had principles and stuck to them. Even in war. Their promise meant everything.
Verse 12 When their bread is hot, they eat. It looks like pancakes.
Verse 14 When you take some of your own food to a person's home, they will eat of that and then, even
if your food is not all eaten, the host will say, "Have a little bit of ours." So you just touch their food a
little bit in order to please them. After making a covenant, taking some good means, it burns you up, you
mustn't do anything wrong afterward.
Verse 21 If a man has a hundred wives, usually a eunuch is in charge of them. The eunuchs are either
men or women. The eunuchs are engaged to draw water because that is a woman's work; therefore, if he
is mixed up with the women, they can trust him because he is a eunuch. Anything that has to do with the
women they engage this man or men that are no good. These people who deceived the king were made
this all the rest of their lives. It is a very menial task and you can't rise up from it. They humble and
humiliate them so they will never leave. For the crime they had committed, that was all they could do.
Hewers of wood. Drawers of wood. Enemies pretended to be friends of Israel for protection. They
were discovered. The princes decided not to kill them. Instead, they were made "hewers of wood" and
"drawers of water." These jobs are ones done by servants. Usually these servants are prisoners. These
particular jobs are done by women. This is humiliation to do the work of a woman. Then to initiate their
new life as a servant, they are taken to the man who conquered them in war and he puts his foot on their
necks and symbolically is saying, "You are subjugated, you are under my feet." "Your enemies shall
come and lick off the dust of thy feet," means they will submit to you and remain in submission for the
rest of their life. This is similar to what happened to Samson who was grinding the millstone, which was
also a woman's job. This breaks a man's pride; it humiliates him.
Hewers of wood, drawers of water, eunuch. They allowed (the princes) the imposters to continue to
live, as they had promised. Hewers of wood and drawers of water are old practices of the East. Eastern
women don't do hard work as in the U.S. They don't wash clothes, chop wood, etc. However, they do
draw water. If they cannot draw the water, they have servants do it. Hewers of wood are people who burn
the logs of wood for cooking. Men hew the wood; men servants. Women servants draw the water.
Sometimes men are asked to draw the water. Women in the East can only have female servants—no men
around them. Women can only have a eunuch as a servant, if it is a male. So anyone who is a hewer of
wood and a drawer of water must be a eunuch. Eunuchs have no respect among the male population.
They are always among women. Eunuchs look like men, but have no sex. They have it removed or
Matthew 19:12. Eunuchs are despised, treated like women, sleep with or around the women, with no
manliness about them and classed as women. If a man is a hewer of wood, drawer of water, then he has
been made a eunuch. They received a terrible consequence for their sin. They reaped what they sowed—
God will provide. He does not want us to swindle for our provisions. If we sow only good things, only
noble, only rich, only the best things, sow by the Word of God.
(II Kings 18:17) Tartan, rabsaris, rabshakeh, eunuchs.
Tartan, Rabsaris and Rabshakeh are the king's officers (not proper names, though positions).
Tartan—chief attorney. Rabsaris—chief of the eunuchs. Chamberlain is the head of the eunuchs
and keeper of the harems. Rabshakeh—chief of the army. These men are always with the king in the
palace; with these men, king sent a message to Hezekiah. Refers to Joshua 9:21.
Hewers of wood—the women do this; drawers of water—is for the men. In other words, these
people became slaves. Yet men could not work with women. Harems consist entirely of women. Men
were never hired. Only eunuchs, because being neither in sex, they were considered harmless. In Joshua,
the men had to have been castrated because they were working with women.
Verse 11 Hailstones. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. God allowed the hailstones to fall. The Devil
wiped out the people. More people died from the hailstones. Deuteronomy 1:2 says the journey from
Egypt to Canaan is an 11-day trip. Yet it took the children of Israel 40 years due to unbelief, doubt and
fear. Unbelief hindered the good hand of God and deterred their progress.
Verses 11-14 Sun stopped. God can deal with our enemies better than we can with the sword and spear.
Verse 13: What we command is done. God backs us up. Verse 14: It is not that God would not do
likewise for another man, but no other man has exercised that believing and authority to speak and have
the sun stopped.
Verse 24 To put the feet on the necks of the kings means absolute destruction, submission. If you put
your feet on someone who is already down, it means that is the end of you. You shall rise no more.
Those who God destroys rise no more.
Verse 9 "Houghed" means or refers to the cutting off of the nerve near the ankle of the horse so they are
no good. They are living, but they can't do any work or run. Animals are never destroyed in a war if they
can help it, but if they think the enemy will use the animals they cut the nerve in back of the ankle.
"Houghed"—hoofed. The main nerve in the ankle was cut off so that the horses were useless.
Easterners believe it is sinful to kill animals, so they did not kill the horses. After being houghed, the
horses could never be used for war purposes again.
Verses 32 and 33 Levites. The tribe of Levi was allotted no land because they were priests dedicated to
serving God. God was their inheritance and sufficiency. We are "royal priesthood" now and should
depend upon God rather than upon any earthly inheritance.
Verse 33 Anything that is done in a town, in a business or material fashion, the priest never shares in.
He is supposed to live by faith in God. That is the basic teaching of the Hindu and Buddha religion—not
to be dependent on human beings or anybody and not to be going the way of the world in order to
maintain themselves, but rather to depend on God. The priests are given gifts by the people because they
want to receive a blessing from God.
Verses 12-14 Fellowship with darkness. God says not to have an alliance with anyone who is not
spiritual (does not trust in God and reverence Him) or the consequences will be great. Those people are
traps. God never punishes us. He warns us of consequences which naturally follow the breaking of laws.
Do not compromise with God.
Verse 14: "Go in the way of all the earth"—die. Nothing fails that God speaks unless we refuse to
accept it or do not walk out on it, act on it, or appropriate it.
Verse 14 The Orientals know when they are going to die. They call the family and give instructions.
Most of them die by old age. They call their sons and daughters and the people in their village and they
give instructions concerning the things that they should carry out. After they have completed their
instructions, they lay back on the bed and the oldest son closes the eyes and they dismiss their spirit.
Verse 12 He did not fight for this land. God sent the hornets and drove them off. That is also a very
ancient custom. If you are a righteous man and God wants you to have that land, you don't have to fight
for it. You stand still and see the battle. The battle is the Lord's.
God with His natural elements is more powerful than man with his weapons. We should transfer our
confidence from ourselves to the much more powerful God.
Verses 22-27 Memorial stone, idols. Whenever some wonderful thing happens, such as a miracle or
healing or answer to prayer, the Easterners set up a stone in that place and pour oil on it as a memorial
only—not for idol worship. It brings to remembrance the incident.
Verses 26 and 27 The stones are not only a memorial, but they hear everything you say and they are a
witness against you.
Stones. Many stones found in the East in the public thoroughfares and in and outside the temples are
symbolic of an event of significance of the past. The stones are manifested evidence only when people do
not speak the truth. Luke 19:40, Jesus said that the stones shall cry out. Westerners say, "walls have
ears." Easterners believe that stones have ears and mouths. In the East, whenever there is a disaster (like
our Chicago fire), stones are erected as a memorial, not to be worshipped as a god.