Day Fourteen – Adullam – Justice for the people – righteousness
There is no mention of Joshua coming against Adullam in Joshua’s journey except one.
“…the king of Adullam one.” Joshua 12:15 NKJV
Strategically placed between yesterday’ king of Libnah (whiteness) and tomorrow’s unknown, we find Joshua’s story quiet, possibly a secret place of his own.
I wonder, if Joshua weary from the responsibility of leading the people through miles of dry land, stops at Adullam seeking respite and wisdom “justice for the people” to guide them on.
The beckoning darkness from the desert sun may have been very inviting to his tired body.
According to Jewish history, the idea of “justice for the people or righteousness” was so important in the Old Testament times, that the community who housed the Dead Sea scrolls called their most important leader the “Teacher of Righteousness”. It’s not hard to imagine, Joshua as leader of the people, drawn for intimate time with the One he knew who spoke to Moses as a friend. The One who brought Joshua good success at Jericho, the One who made the day stand still, the One who anointed him for the journey.
Lord, may I be as Joshua. Stopping from the daily battles and journey, to seek intimate time with You. Your friendship is my hiding place, my Adullam. It is here I find rest and victory for my spirit and soul.
“He makes darkness His secret place,
His canopy around Him was dark waters.” Psalm 18:11
Thank you, my friends, for taking the time to seek the One who gives rest in Adullam. I pray you are refreshed knowing even in the silence of our own stories, the secret places, the Lord of Righteousness fights for you and calls you friend.
“He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo by denisebalog©2014
Photos captured in the Dead of the Sea area. Joshua and the people would have seen similar caves as they journeyed north through Southern territory of Israel.
Adullam is geographically further west and inland south of Bethlehem. The water flowing through the limestone, refreshing a traveler’s soul, is known to begin in Bethlehem. The cave pictured, although it not specifically the cave of Adullam, is typical of the caves found in the wilderness and also known in the Bible as a “stronghold”.
King David’s stories in the cave of Adullam can be found in 1 Samuel 22:1 and 2 Samuel 23:13