Oct. 22 – (Josh. 16) We now have land given to Joseph’s tribe. Again, they did not drive out all the Canaanites, but they were made to do forced labor. How does this differ from the people Judah did not drive out? In the end, does it make a difference when we disobey God’s commands? Selah
Oct. 23 – (Josh. 17) As I read this chapter I think of the word “lazy”. This chapter describes the land given to Manasseh (Joseph’s first son). He complains that his people are too many for the land given. Joshua’s response is for them to possess a land that has forests and people with “iron chariots”. Joshua insists that they can clear that land even though they don’t seem to want to put forth the effort. It reminds me that there are things in my life that God wants me to “clear out” but I think it’s just too much work! Selah
Oct. 24 – (Josh. 18) As I read through this chapter, I have a few thoughts and questions. Maybe you can answer the questions😊. 1. Why did the Levites get no portion of land? 2. Why is it stated that the tribe of Benjamin gets the city of Jericho? Jericho was burned and cursed that no one should build on it. 3. Though one of the smaller tribes, Benjamin would be significant as the tribe of Israel’s first king, Saul (I Sam. 9:21). It would also include the very important city of Jerusalem.
Oct. 25 – (Josh. 19) As you read about the division of land to different tribes, you may want to compare them to the “blessing” Jacob gave to each of his sons just before his death (Gen. 49:1-27). Here is a couple other things to keep in mind: 1. The allotment for Simeon fell “in the midst…of Judah”. Because of this, no boundary description is given for Simeon, only a list of cities. 2. Bethlehem (v. 15) is a northerly village, not the more famous Bethlehem in Judah. 3. Judges 1:34 explains how Dan’s territory was lost to them (Josh. 19:47). The story of how Dan went up and fought against Leshem is told in Judges 18.
Oct. 26 – (Josh. 20) This chapter explains the designation of 6 cites chosen to be cities of refuge. It was a place where people who “accidentally” killed someone could flee to. If you want a better explanation, read Num. 35:6-34. Though I love this idea (in its purest form), I really did not understand why they had to wait until the current priest died before they could go back home. Hmm, anyone have some insight?
Oct. 27 – (Josh. 21) In Numbers 35:1-8, the Lord commanded through Moses that 48 cities (including the six cities of refuge) be assigned to the Levites. Taking cities and their pasture lands from each of the tribes would scatter the Levites throughout the whole of Israel (Gen. 49:7) so that they could fulfill their duties of teaching the Israelites. They were grouped by their relation to one of Levi’s three sons (Gen. 46:11). The Kohathites (Josh. 21:4), from whom Aaron and his line descended (Ex. 6:16-20), received cities in the center and the south. The Gershonites (Josh. 21:6) and Merarites (v.7) received cities in the north and east.
Verses 43-45 is a summary of what God had promised and completely fulfilled. Although Israel had taken possession of the land and settled there, much work remained to be done (23:5). This is so true of our lives today as “We Go from Here to There”.
Oct. 28 – (Josh. 22) Here we see factions starting already. The tribes on the west side of Jordan were assigning motivation for the actions of the tribes on the east side of Jordan. These verses remind me that we need to be very careful in assigning motivation to others in our church and other churches as well. Communication is so very important when we don’t understand actions of others. Communication with only the offensive party! Selah