Day Twenty-four – Aschshaph – Enchantment
“…the king of Aschshaph, one.” Joshua 12:20 NKJV
Take note, the king of Aschshaph, mentioned twice in Joshua’s battles, may be the most dangerous of all.
Encountering many battles throughout the journey, the king of Aschshaph, the king of enchantment, fascination, a curse, and properly “to whisper” can be an elusive enemy to detect. Like a whisper in the ear or a glitter, catching the eye, once caught, can be an invisible snare to overcome.
“Get up!” Joshua’s heart fainted when he saw the defeat before an enemy. The LORD asked Joshua, “Why do you lie thus on your face?” “Get up, sanctify the people…sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because …there is an accursed thing in your midst.” Joshua 7:10-13
Sanctify yourselves – don’t eat or drink what the world is doing or what is in their camp. The glitter of robe, the weight of the silver, and the wedge of gold Achan hid under his tent, the subtle whisper of the enemy of enchantment captivated Achan, bringing his end to the Valley of Sorrows.
Joshua, after dusting himself off and the night to mediate on his bed, may have remembered the encounter the children of Israel had on the plains of Moab across from Jericho. Zippor, the king of the Moabites, sent his son Balak to hire the prophet Balaam to curse Israel. After many attempts, the LORD spoke through Balaam over the camp of Israel,
“Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it…The LORD his God is with him…God brings them out of Egypt…For there is no enchantment against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel!” Numbers 23:20-23
At this place of the king of Achshap, like Joshua, I am thankful to remember, our God is with us, bringing us out of the world and Egypt, blesses us and fights our daily battle of the lies and whispers seeking to destroy our peace and rest.
Jesus dealt with the hiss of this whisper “when the tempter came to Him, and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Jesus answered, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The snake tried to deceive Jesus into questioning His Sonship. Scripture share few lines before, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The deceiver left out the Beloved. Matthew 3:17 & 4:3-4 NKJV
May we always remember every word that proceeds for the mouth of God, we are the beloved in Jesus, Who loved us first; we are His Bride, and the future is our story! 1 John 4:19 – Revelations 21:9
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” In Jesus’s Name, Amen – Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photos by denisebalog©2011 – Photos captured from the bus and in Jappa,(Joppa) Israel.
Brides, and grooms, can be seen at the beautiful, seaside port of Jappa (Joppa) having their pictures taken prewedding ceremony. Like Jacob, the groom wants to see his bride before marrying her, not waking up to Leah in the morning deceived.