Not Because of Righteousness
"Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven,
"a people great and tall, the a descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?'
"Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who b goes over before you as a c consuming fire. d He will destroy them and bring them down before you; e so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said to you.
f "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is g because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you.
h "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the i word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
"Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a j stiff-necked people.
"Remember! Do not forget how you k provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. l From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
"Also m in Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry enough with you to have destroyed you.
n "When I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and o forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
p "Then the LORD delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire q in the day of the assembly.
"And it came to pass, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.
"Then the LORD said to me, r 'Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have s quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image.'
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
"There we saw the giants ( the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
And at that time Joshua came and cut off the Anakim from the mountains: from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel; Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities.
None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel; they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod.
Who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.
The LORD your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the LORD has said.
Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.
So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
For our God is a consuming fire.
And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them.
And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
"then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
1 Corinthians 4:4
For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
1 Corinthians 4:7
For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
"But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances.
Leviticus 18:24 - 30
Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you.
You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
Deuteronomy 18:9 - 14
When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Then he said, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.
For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the LORD, then how much more after my death?
Because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice.
Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
Exodus 32:1 - 8
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.
They made a calf in Horeb, And worshiped the molded image.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.
Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.
Deuteronomy 5:2 - 22
The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.
"They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'"
"For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands."