In part one, and part two, we saw how God destroyed the wicked inhabitant’s of the promised land before Israel.  It is important to remember that God destroyed them, not Israel (Joshua 24:12).

After all of the inhabitant’s have been subdued (though not all destroyed per God’s instructions), Joshua gives his final address to the Israelites.  In Chapter 23, he tells them that they must not take on the false god worship of the Canaanites and Amorites:

(Joshua 23:6-7) – “Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside there from [to] the right hand or [to] the left; {23:7} That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the names of their gods, nor cause to swear [by them,] neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:

Joshua then, again give’s them God’s warning of what will happen if they do fall backwards and worship the false god’s of the land:

(Joshua 23:12-13, 15-16) – “Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, [even] these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: {23:13} Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out [any of] these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. {23:15} Therefore it shall come to pass, [that] as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. {23:16} When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.

Note in verse 23:16, God does not say IF, but WHEN they transgress.  This is a prophecy against the Israelites (and really, all nation’s under his guidance) that if they fall away from him, he will not hold back from destroying them.

In Chapter 24, Joshua (speaking of the Lord) quickly recounts the false worship of the patriarch’s who were in Babylon (Abraham’s father):

(Joshua 24:2) – “And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, [even] Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

He next goes on to remind the Israelites that when he brought them into the promised land, it was HE, not them, who destroyed the inhabitants of the land, which included the remnants of the Giants (Amorites):

(Joshua 24:8-10, 12) – “And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. {24:9} Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:{24:10} But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. {24:12} And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, [even] the two kings of the Amorites; [but] not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

Joshua next informs them that he knows they are still in possession of false idols and demands that they put them away, forcing them to make a decision on whom they will serve by confronting them on their false worship of the gods of the Amorites:

(Joshua 24:14-15): “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. {24:15} And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

The people proclaim they will serve the Lord.  Joshua then tells them that if they forsake the Lord, he will consume them, even after he has done them good:

(Joshua 24:20) – “If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

And, just so we are clear that they Israelites WERE serving false god’s even after all the Lord God had done to prove it was evil, we read in Joshua 24:23:

(Joshua 24:23) – “Now therefore put away, [said he,] the strange gods which [are] among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

The destruction of Hazor was the final large battle of God against Satan and the evil worship of him, through various gods, to prepare the land for Israel.  He intended to wipe them off the face of the Earth, so that Israel could dwell there safely.  Israel was to be a “peculiar people”, special to God, and an example for all other nations.  He made it extremely clear that they were never to go “whoring” after the Satanic god’s of the Amorites.  However, we see that even before they settle in, they have to be told to rid themselves of the false god idols from among them.

This is a modern lesson in that any nation, thinking they have God’s blessing, cannot act in any way pleasing to them, but contrary to God, and think they are “safe” because they are under God’s providence.

If God would be willing to disperse the Israelites, with whom he made a covenant of blood (circumcision) with Abraham, what more will he do with nation’s who fail to understand the lesson’s of the false god worship in the promised land?

Next:  archeological evidence of the destruction of Hazor.