Satan Was Really The One Hung At Calvary – Josh 8

The Josh 8:29 reference to the hanging on a tree of the King of Ai then the removal of his body before dark is a foreshadowing of the cross. John 19:38-42. Part of Joshua’s forces were used as bait on one side of the city of Ai to draw the enemy out of their city fortress into their destruction. The other part of Joshua’s army were then able destroy Ai’s army and merely walk into their city and burn it to the ground. Josh 8.

The whole story in Joshua 8 finds its real value in the mystery of the cross. Joshua 8 foreshadows Satan and his principalities and powers being similarly drawn by Jesus out of hiding in the world, their fortress of their deceptions, and then be destroyed by their own device, the cross they erected against Jesus. See also Esther 7:10 where the evil Haman was destroyed by his own device, the gallows he built in his own yard. King Satan was hung on his own gallows at Calvary. This is deep! See also Judges 7 where enemy destroyed by his own weapons.

Joshua 8 has no real value to its reader apart from its brilliant underlying exposition of the truths of the cross.

Jesus became sin on the cross (2 Cor 5:21) and there took down Satan, his works and his kingdom. 1 John 3:8; 1 Cor 2:6-8; Col 2:15; Heb 2:14. Satan was there destroyed by his own maneuver against God.

Jesus there became the bait on the fishhook to entice the sea monster, Satan, out of hiding in his Old Testament deceptions and into his own destruction. Acts 28:1-6 is another example of this. The serpent is drawn out of the fire by Paul’s presence next to the flames.

Jesus became the serpent on the pole at Calvary (Numbers 21:1-9; John 3:14-15) in order to take Satan down as King. Jesus rose from the dead and became our new King.

How does this practically apply to us? By our own taking up of the cross (Luke 9:23-24) we draw Satan and his evil forces out of hiding and deal them a death blow. The devil is exposed and people get converted and strengthened. By absorbing the blows against us in nonretaliatory self-sacrificial love, we destroy the evil in the smiter.

We, the members of the Body of Christ, are now the bait on the fishhook of God’s victory. We are the forces of God that draw Satan out of hiding and expose him to his own self-destruction.

Travis Bryan III

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