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January 3, 2018

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 13 (ESV)

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.This is the land that yet remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites (from the Shihor, which is east of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron, it is counted as Canaanite; there are five rulers of the Philistines, those of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron), and those of the Avvim, in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites, and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath, all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you. Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.”...Continue Reading

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  1. 32These are the inheritances that Moses distributed in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan east of Jericho. 33But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them.

  2. It is important as the land is taken and kings defeated that it is divided appropriately. But what of these lands not taken and peoples not defeated. All I can think about is what a thorn the Philistines were in Israel’s side for much of their history. And just imagine if they were destroyed at this point. I think it is a picture for us about sin, evil and independence from God that we allow to stay in our lives. If we never really get a complete victory over sin, it will come back to haunt us. I think that is why the Bible gives the very graphic picture of being dead to sin and reckoning ourselves such. It has no power over us or true satisfaction for us, so we have to stop giving it a foot hold. Conquer the enemies, don’t let them linger….so important for the Israelites and us, even if we are old.

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