May 7 – (Josh. 13:24-33) As I was studying these verses, I came to an explanation of something I have wondered about for many years. Why was Jesus from the descendants of Judah when the Levites ministered in the temple? Back when Levi (one of Jacob/Israel’s 10 sons) was young, his behavior caused Jacob to curse him (and Simeon) for their anger and cruelty. Let’s fast forward to when Moses came down and found the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. He asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side, come to me” (Ex. 32:26). The tribe of Levi came to him. This was to me a picture of our lives today. There is no sin we were involved in that cannot be forgiven. Never does our God allow past history, however unpleasant or however sinful, to prevent Him from allotting to us a unique place in His service. PTL!
May 8 – (Josh. 14:1-15) What special land did Caleb gain as an inheritance? Why did Joshua give it to him? You don’t hear a whole lot about Caleb. Being well-known is not a prerequisite for being rewarded, but God does reward faithfulness!
DID YOU KNOW? Mount Hebron (14:6-15) Caleb received the inheritance of Hebron which Moses swore he would give Caleb many years before (v.9; Deut. 1:36) Even though Caleb was 85 at this time, he was just as strong as when he went in to spy out the land (about 40 years old). He declared he could drive out the strong and big Anakim provided the Lord was with him.
Anakim were apparently a race of very tall people, descended from Anak. After the Israelites conquered Canaan, many of the Anakim took up residence with the Philistines. Because of this, many assume that Goliath was descended from Anakim. Let’s just look at what God told Joshua to do in Canaan. God said to destroy the inhabitants. Caleb was going to drive them out. Generations later, Israel has to fight them yet again! This reminds me we have to destroy the strongholds in our lives not just push them away. Selah
May 9 – (Josh. 15:1-12) As the distribution of western lands begins, the important tribe of Judah receives its land first. Included in this land is Jerusalem. Jesus will come from the tribe of Judah. Did you notice that Jerusalem is not yet named? As I was looking at several maps they have several city names with Jerusalem in parenthesis and a question mark. Very interesting. One study I found said Jerusalem was not fully conquered until the time of David (2 Sam. 5:6-10). Hmm
May 10 – (Josh. 15:13-32) Here is a connection I have never seen. Joshua said whoever captures Kiriath-sepher will be given his daughter in marriage (that part will have to be considered some other time). Othniel, son of Kenaz and brother of Caleb accomplished the task and thus acquired a wife. Othniel will reappear later as a judge-deliverer in Judges 3:7-11. Caleb and Kenaz were brothers (15:17). There must have been a huge gap in their ages since it says Caleb and Joshua were the only remaining adult (20 years and older) survivors from the wilderness wanderings.
May 11 – (Josh. 15:33-47) We have some verses here that gives names of places given to the tribe of Judah. See if you can find them on a map. Have they changed their name? What does this tell you about names? Hmm
May 12 – (Josh. 15:48-63) How is it that the people of Judah could not drive out their enemies? In 17:12 we will read that the Manassites are unable to occupy certain towns because “the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land.” In 17:16 we will also see that the Ephraimites cite Canaanite possession of “chariots of iron” as preventing them from taking the plains. These statements seem to contrast with the dominant theological conviction of the book of Joshua that “the hand of the Lord is mighty” (4:24). Perhaps statements of what Israel “could not” do are to be read as early evidences of spiritual decline, which will become increasingly evident in the book of Judges. The note that the Canaanites “dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day” recalls Moses’ repeated warnings against allowing the Canaanites to survive and live among the Israelites.
May 13 – (Josh. 16:1-10) Chapter 16 describes the allotment to the people of Joseph. Remember that Joseph’s allotment was divided between his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim. It says they did not drive out the Canaanites but only subdued them and put them in forced labor. Doesn’t this sound a bit like the Israelites in Egypt? Selah