Joshua 22:11 KJV
And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel.
For the first time in their history, we hear of an imminent tribal war soon as word went round that one faction of the people had done what was an abomination in the sight of God.
For the first time Israel was ready to anihilate its own in order to forestall a gruesome consequence, citing the example of Achan and co. Nobody wanted to re-visit the ‘Peor experience’ anymore, so they were ready to crush out the bad nut so the whole broth could be spared.
The zeal with which Israel was going to pursue this agenda is what caught my attention while reflecting on this passage. The same zeal is required of us in handling issues of God in this rather liberal christian societies of our time.
Like King David, the zeal for God’s house MUST consume our hearts. See what Paul the Apostle wrote in 1 Cor 5:11 or 2 Thess 3:6. We need to remember that all these must be done in love so that the real effect and results may be achieved.
Let’s keep our guards because condoning what is wrong in the congregation of God’s people is unacceptable, the ramifications could be very dire!
Have a blessed weekend.
Joshua 21:3 KJV
And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the Lord , these cities and their suburbs.
Finally, the Levites get their share of the Land just like every other tribe. But we all know that these are land that had already been given to other tribes.
So as it were, all the other tribes made a little provision for the Levites. They gave back a portion of their lands to the levites (who essentially had no possessions).
I’m sure by so doing God was able to get them evenly distributed among the people to facilitate worship.
The role these Levites played was very very crucial in the lives of the people and yet they didn’t own anything of their own, living off other people most of the time, an act Jesus perpetuated in His time.
Jesus made a profound statement in Luke 12:15 that I like so much; “…A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth.”
Too much attachment to matetial possessions automatically waters down our affinity for God.
Letz desire to be the Levites of our generation.
Have a blessed Friday.
Joshua 20:9 KJV
These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.
The number of times ‘Cities of Refuge’ has been mentioned just between Leviticus and Deuteronomy either shows how important these cities were or how much God detested ‘instant justice.’
These cities were called ‘Refuge Cities’ because people who had accidentally murdered anyone could seek asylum in those places to avoid mob justice. Why was God so interested in this?
Everybody needs a fair trail before he/she is declared guilty.
Take a look at how many people have died mistakenly just because one person thought wrongly…just because one person did not give them a chance to tell their story…just because somebody cried wolf.
Same way, it is a very cruel thing to jump into conclusions about somebody just because you made a few observations.
It is not godly to call a spade a spade when you’ve never seen it shove sand but saw only traces of sand on it.
True Christians even go a step further by even giving people the benefit of the doubt when they have actually erred.
Let’s build cities of refuge in our own hearts.
Have a blessed day.
Joshua 19:9 KJV
Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.
As I read this portion of scripture this morning I got a bit stuck here at this verse.
Just a few days ago we read that the promised land much bigger than the Israelites could use, and there was still more land to be acquired.
Today, however, we read that the inheritance of Simeon was confined within that of Judah!!!
Something must have caused this… The WORD of God must be fulfilled.
I found my answers in Gen 49, when Jacob (then Israel) spoke his last words to his children in his sick bed.
Thousands of years later Jacob’s pronouncements on Simeon had just began takin effect.
God is not slack concerning His promises, so His Words don’t go void, they ALWAYS accomplish a purpose.
We need to always remember to properly position ourselves not to be at the negative end of some of these utterances as they fall off the lips of men of God.
Have a blessed day.
Joshua 18:3 KJV
And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?
A lot of time has elapsed since the Israelites got into the promised land, and yet so much land was yet to be taken.
This was a land they had heard so many beautiful things about, so why would they still hesitate to occupy it?
Two things come to mind; either these tribes of Israel were too timid to fight or they were rather comfortable living with canaanites and using them as slaves.
Whichever one of these is true, was the comfortable option for Israelites, but precisely not what God wanted.
We might get away with a few things even though we know very well that God did not give His approval, but let’s not be fooled, they’ll come back to haunt us.
Gal 6:7 reminds us that “be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth…” you know the rest.
May we strive to live within His Will daily.
Have a blessed day.
Joshua 14:10 KJV
And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
These were the words of Caleb, Joshua’s compatriot, together with whom he spied the land of Canaan when Moses led the people.
God had made that promise to him when he was 40yrs old. At 85 now he reminds God of His promise to him some 45yrs ago.
Reflecting on this, three things came to mind:
1. How much time it took for the promise to materialize.
2. The resilience of the man, Caleb, who never gave up or forgot about the promise.
3. The physical state of the ‘promise’ as at the time he acquired it.
Time would permit me to elaborate only on the third.
Though Caleb received the promise, he still had to fight to drive out the people from the land. He had to work to see things happen.
You might not necessarily see a prophesy, a dream or a lifetime aspiration happen until you get your hands to it and make it happen. Heaven moves in our favour when we take a step…a step of faith. So kill the excuses and make the move, because one ‘promise’ has just been sitting there waiting for you all these years. Go grab it!
Have a blessed Friday.
Joshua 13:1 KJV
Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
Chapters 12 & 13 named many of kings that ruled in the lands that were supposed to be the possession of the Israelites. They were supposed to utterly destroy them all in most of the cases.
As I meditated on these in the last couple of days, the subject of ‘Holy wars’ kept tickling my mind. I remembered movies I had seen on the early crusaders and what they did, but time wouldn’t permit me to discuss this further.
No matter how you look at it, man is always in a spiritual battle with forces unseen. Think abt it, even Jerusalem had a king! (see 12:10).
You’d be living in a fool’s paradise if you thought you could just progress without rebuking some of these ‘kings.’
Many of us know well about principalities but are rather too gentle about dealing with them and end up living with them (see 13:13), causing so much chaos and trouble as we trudge along and threatening and stalling our progress.
Let’s not take these ‘kings’ for granted, we MUST cast them out!
Have a blessed day.