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January 5, 2018

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

Joshua 15 (ESV)

The allotment for the tribe of the people of Judah according to their clans reached southward to the boundary of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the farthest south. And their south boundary ran from the end of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward. It goes out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Kadesh-barnea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karka, passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt, and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your south boundary. And the east boundary is the Salt Sea, to the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary on the north side runs from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary goes up to Beth-hoglah and passes along north of Beth-arabah. And the boundary goes up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben.....Continue Reading

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  1. 63But the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out, so the Jebusites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

  2. For those who own property, have you ever read the deed? It uses terminology like this that doesn’t have a lot of relevance to us, but would be very important in the Israelites establishing themselves in the land. Things like this require enough definition that doesn’t leave things up for grabs, but enough interpretation that requires interaction, engaging in relationship, giving an opportunity for mutual understanding, give and take, and the recognition that all the land is a gift so does a few feet here or there really matter. Isn’t family and love more important?

    And it is interesting the comment about the Jebusites. Was this about something lacking in Judah? Did they not press the battle enough or trust God enough? Or is this a lesson in our own sanctification, that in spite of all our dependence, obedience and allegiance to God, there will be a nagging sin that remains that keeps us dependent on God and aware of our consistent need for Him. It’s an interesting conversation.

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