Joshua 15: Stay in the Context
I wanted to know more about the end of Joshua chapter 15. Let me give you the final verse.
Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.
I found it somewhat interesting that there was a city that was able to hold up against the children of Israel. Because of this, I went and did a little research about why God would allow the children of Israel not to be able to conquer the city.
When I found out was that there was basically a timing difference. If we fast forward to the next book in line, it is pretty evident that the tribe of Judah would eventually prevail.
Jdg 1:8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
However, even that victory was short-lived because during the time of David, the Jebusites still had control of part of Jerusalem.
2Sa 5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
2Sa 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
While I find this incredibly interesting, I think that the more valuable lesson for me came from Biblical research. In general, when people decide not to believe the Bible, they find one verse and take it entirely out of context.
I think that that could happen with my original verse from Joshua.
However, when you view the entire Bible as a unit, it is not hard to see how this was is simply a timing difference. I think that is a good thought for today. Don’t proof-text, and beware when people start to do it.