May 21 – (Josh. 19:40-51) How was Dan’s territory lost to them? We can read about it in Judges 1:34. The story of how Dan went up and fought against Leshem is told in Judges 18. There are many ways to study the Bible sometimes we have to make some connections other than just verse by verse. Let’s not just open the Bible and put our finger on the “verse for the day”. You know the amusing story of a person who did just that and after 3 attempts at this way was “directed” to quickly go and do as Judas did. Nope…that’s not the way!
Joshua was given Timnath-serah (Called Timnath-heres in the notice of Joshua’s death in Judg. 2:6-10). The site is in Southwest Ephraim. Joshua received his inheritance only after all others have received theirs. This speaks well of him as a l leader.
May 22 – (Josh. 20:1-9) What was the purpose of the cities of Refuge? Who decided if he could stay or would be returned? Would that work today? God makes ways of escape even in the “not meaning to harm” places of our lives! Selah
May 23 – (Josh. 21: 1-19) In Num. 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 (see 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 (see Gen. 46:11). The Kohathites (Josh. 21:4), from whom Aaron and his line descended (Ex. 6:16-20), received cites in the center and the south. The Gershonites (Josh. 21:6) and Merarites (v.7) received cities in the north and east.
May 24 – (Josh. 21:20-33) These verses describe more of land allotment to the Levites. I thought it would be interesting to see who these three sons of Levi were. I only saw information about Kohath. Kohath as the son of Levi mentioned in between his two siblings, Gershon and Merari. Exodus 6:18. Kohath, who lived until the age of 133 years old, had four sons, namely; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Numbers 3:19. The nations that comprised the Kohathite clan were the nations of Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Kohath's son, Amram was the father of Miriam, Aaron and Moses. Anyone want to do more research?
May 25 – (Josh. 21:34-45) Verses 43-45 are some favorite verses for our week. The Lord gave the Israelites all He had covenanted with their fathers! “Not one word failed of all the promises that the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel had failed; all Came To Pass.” God is always faithful to keep His Word!
May 26 – (Josh. 22:1-9) The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the eastern half of Manasseh are released to return to their homes east of the Jordan River. They have fulfilled their duties to their fellow Israelites west of the Jordan (Numbers 32). Verse 8 instructs them to divide the spoil…with their brothers. The spoils of victory are regarded as gifts from the Lord. They are to be shared with allies or covenant partners, regardless of their actual role in the conflict (Num. 31:25-31; I Sam. 30:24).
May 27 – (Josh. 22:10-20) We have here the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the eastern half of Manasseh taking possession of their land on the East side of the Jordan River. They build their own altar of Witness. The leaders from the West side see this as forming their own god to worship. They are ready to go to war because they don’t want God to include them in the punishment they have seen in the past. We will see tomorrow that they were assigning wrong motivation. Have you ever done that with other Christians? Did you gossip to others about it (Remember gossip is talking to someone about another person who is not involved whether it’s true or not)? When you realized what you thought was wrong, did you then repent, ask forgiveness? This is where this passage took me. Selah