Day Eleven – Hormah – A Devoting – a place laid to waste
“…the king of Hormah one.” Joshua 12:14 NKJV
Hormah – a devoting place laid to waste.
“But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop.” Numbers 14:44 NKJV
When the people heard the LORD was angry for their rejecting Joshua and Caleb’s words of the good land set before them, they determined to “go up” on their own. Moses warned them not to go because God was not among them or their plans. Not heeding the words, they decided to go it alone and found their plans laid to waste.
“They soon forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel.”
Psalm 106:13 NKJV
Joshua’s good success in conquering the king of Hormah, the wasted place, is found in his remembering the lesson he had learned through past experiences. He remembered what happened to the people 40 years ago when they looked to their own strength and timing.
Heeding the good plans of the LORD, Joshua waited on the LORD’s timing and not his own plans to achieve victory in the place once laid to waste.
“Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.”
Psalm 25:5 NKJV
Photo captured in Upper Galilee, the northern limits of Jesus’ travels. Banias or as we see it through New Testament eyes, Caesarea Philippi. Banias was dedicated to Pan, a Greek god the god of nature, pastures, flocks, and shepherds.
Jesus would ask His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” here in this place laid to waste. As fisherman from the fertile shores of Galilee, one can only imagine their questioning why Jesus would lead them so far from home to “pagan place of devotion” a “wasted place”.
If only they knew the Mount of Transfiguration was only a few days away!
Joshua would have journeyed here to the northern part of the land of Israel. He and his men would have seen this place. In antiquity, a spring in the large cave was one of the principal sources of water to the Jordan flowing into the Sea of Galilee.
Thank you for joining me as we travel the truths of Hormah – a place laid to waste. I’m delighted to have you on this road as we ponder and look to His Saving Grace.
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo captured by denisebalog©2014