104-1013-Joshua Chapter 12
The kings listed here are the kings that occupied the Promised Land east of the Jordan River and beyond towards the rising sun. The list was given and may not seem so important to us today but it was to the Israelites. These kings occupied the lands that were promised to Abraham in His covenant with God and passed down to the Israelite nation. This list was an essential matter to the Israelite people as it identified the land that belonged to them.
The kings defeated by Joshua and the Israelites.
The King of Jericho, Ai, Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, Eglon, Gezer, Debir, Geder, Hormah, Arad, Libnah, Adullam, Makkedah, Bethel, Tappuah, Hepher, Aphek, Lasharon, Madon, Hazor, Shimron-meron, Acshaph, Taanach, Megiddo, Kedesh, Jokneam in Carmel, Dor, Goyim, and Tirzah.
It is also to list these kings as it makes it clear that these events actually happened in real time. This was not a fairy tale, this is actual history with specific places and names. It is also history that the Israelite people could always remember, that which God had done for them. “Sometimes in the course of human experience it is good to sit down and reflect on what has been conquered by the grace of God.” (Redpath) This done the land truly belonged to the Israelite people. There still was much to do for the individual tribes of the nation to fully possess the land.