Just ask…because we know…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 17:1-6

 

 Then allotment was made to the people of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war.

 And allotments were made to the rest of the people of Manasseh by their clans, Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph, by their clans.

 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters, and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

 They approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brothers.” So according to the mouth of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.

 Thus there fell to Manasseh ten portions, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is on the other side of the Jordan,

 because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance along with his sons. The land of Gilead was allotted to the rest of the people of Manasseh.

 

Mercy and grace is given to the daughters for the one, Zelophedad, who had no sons. God is merciful to those without the standard covering or supply, and He provides for them in its place. Again, the truth of ‘ask and you shall receive’ is applied and honored. We are able to ask and receive as Jesus said – “You don’t have because you don’t ask.” Is the Lord our first resource or do we wait to ask until all other resources fail? We have needs; He is merciful and provides. God will have His glory. When we go to Him we honor Him through our recognition of who He is and what He does.

 

Take note also that the daughters knew the ‘word’ given to Moses. They were informed. We have the scriptures and knowledge of the living Word, Jesus Christ. We are armed then with the resources we need to be victorious in Him, through Him and by Him. When we exercise this knowledge, we are victorious, living in our promised land.

 

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Are there exceptions?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 16:1-10

 The allotment of the people of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel.

 Then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to Ataroth, the territory of the Archites.

 Then it goes down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, as far as the territory of Lower Beth-horon, then to Gezer, and it ends at the sea.

 The people of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance.

 The territory of the people of Ephraim by their clans was as follows: the boundary of their inheritance on the east was Ataroth-addar as far as Upper Beth-horon,

 and the boundary goes from there to the sea. On the north is Michmethath. Then on the east the boundary turns around toward Taanath-shiloh and passes along beyond it on the east to Janoah,

 then it goes down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, and touches Jericho, ending at the Jordan.

 From Tappuah the boundary goes westward to the brook Kanah and ends at the sea. Such is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Ephraim by their clans,

 together with the towns that were set apart for the people of Ephraim within the inheritance of the Manassites, all those towns with their villages.

 However, they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.

 

 

These detailed accounts of the territories taken by each tribe’s descendants include bits of information hidden within them, like kernels of truth hidden in a parable. Note that not all the inhabitants were driven out but remained to be slaves to do all the heavy work.

 

In our own conquests there may remain those things within us that are not driven out but as Paul says they are taken captive. Whatever it may be it is contained and used ‘to do the heavy work.’ Only we can know for ourselves what is to be driven out of our lives and what remains captive. As the Holy Spirit grants knowledge and understanding; as we become willing participants and learn to be led by the Spirit in knowledge gained from the Scriptures, that difference becomes clear.

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It’s in the name…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:33-63

 And in the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam,

 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,

 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.

 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad,

 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel,

 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,

 Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish,

Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages.

 Libnah, Ether, Ashan,

 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,

Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.

 Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

 from Ekron to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coastline.

And in the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,

 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir),

 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,

 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

 Arab, Dumah, Eshan,

 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah,

 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior: nine cities with their villages.

Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,

Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,

Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

 Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor,

Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon: six cities with their villages.

Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,

 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and Engedi: six cities with their villages.

 But 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.

 

Names have meaning. Eshtaol = entreaty, Zorah = hornet, Ashnah = I will cause change, Zanoah= cast off, En-gannim = fountain of the garden, Tappuah = the apple city, Enam = double spring are a few. The study of these names is fascinating and can bring greater depth of meaning to the time and place of these events. If we continue to draw a correlation between the ‘real’ place of conquest and acquisition and our present day spiritual conquest and acquisition we can look at our Ashnah and expect God to make a change, or Zanoah and watch as the Holy Spirit casts off what needs to be purged from the ways of mankind. We can linger in En-gannim, our fountain of the garden and be reminded of the fountain that flows from Emmanuel’s veins bringing us salvation and healing. There is Mizpah the watchtower a place where we are reminded to be alert and aware of what is around us in the physical and in the spiritual. We can find our Lachish, the name means invincible but also hard to capture. There are those things within us that can be hard to search out and capture as we are told to take that which is not of God captive and destroy it. And we can rejoice in our Migdal-Gad, the tower of God.

 

These are just a few of the names in this passage highlighting for us the wonders of God and what He can do for us. Take on the day in the name of Jesus.

 

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Are we there yet?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:12-32

 

 And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coastline. This is the boundary around the people of Judah according to their clans.

 According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak).

 And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.

 And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir. Now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher.

 And Caleb said, “Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.”

 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

 When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”

 She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their clans.

The cities belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme south, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,

 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,

Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,

Ziph, Telem, Bealoth,

 Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor),

Amam, Shema, Moladah,

 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet,

 Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,

 Baalah, Iim, Ezem,

 Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah,

 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,

 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon: in all, twenty-nine cities with their villages.

 

 

Looking at all the names of the cities so far, this conquest was no small undertaking. Can we say that the work of the Lord is great no matter if it is the taking of many cities and villages or the remaking of our heart and self. Our inner being is deceitful, sinful wanting its own way. When we turn toward Christ we become a new creature; the old ways are conquered and destroyed, completely. Are we willing partners in the cleansing? Soul-searching time; are we hindering the work of the Spirit within us? Our inheritance is a clean heart, a life abundant in His will. We can live in a joy-filled abundant life-filled land as we yield to his will.

 

In the midst of the descriptions and details of the inheritance we find another truth. Ask and you shall receive. The daughter asks for land then asks for water as well. The water is needed to make the land profitable. We can come to our Father and ask for the ‘land’ and then ask for the Holy Spirit, the water needed to bring the land to life. We receive the inheritance of our promised land; a spiritual place in which we have peace, joy, love, all the fruits of a life given over to the Lord, when we receive the gift of salvation that Christ went to the cross to give to us. We have salvation from the wages of sin in our lives, freedom from the death of eternal separation from God. With that salvation comes an inheritance; a place of spirit that is ours for the asking. A place of peace, no fear, trust. And we can ask for water for that ‘land’, the Holy Spirit who waters our souls with understanding, remembrance, comfort and allows the ‘land’ to flourish with the fruit that bears evidence that He is in us. This indicates the need on our part of participation; taking part in feeding the soul from the Scriptures and watering the place our faith brings us to by the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Are we there yet?

 

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Details, details…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:1-11

 

 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.

 And the boundary goes up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and so northward, turning toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the valley. And the boundary passes along to the waters of En-shemesh and ends at En-rogel.

 Then the boundary goes up by the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the southern shoulder of the Jebusite (that is, Jerusalem). And the boundary goes up to the top of the mountain that lies over against the Valley of Hinnom, on the west, at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim.

 Then the boundary extends from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and from there to the cities of Mount Ephron. Then the boundary bends around to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim).

 And the boundary circles west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passes along to the northern shoulder of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon), and goes down to Beth-shemesh and passes along by Timnah.

 The boundary goes out to the shoulder of the hill north of Ekron, then the boundary bends around to Shikkeron and passes along to Mount Baalah and goes out to Jabneel. Then the boundary comes to an end at the sea.

 And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coastline. This is the boundary around the people of Judah according to their clans.

According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak).

And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.

And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir. Now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher.

 

What we  have here is detailed documentation  to be placed in memory for future generations. Nothing is left to chance or argumentation. God’s character of order and detail that can be seen in creation is apparent here. Do the little things in our lives matter? The little details of everyday life are also taken care of by Him. Jesus said don’t be concerned over what to wear or what to eat for our Father supplies what we need down to the smallest detail. In all things give thanks.

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Promise delivered

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 14:1-15

These are the inheritances that the people of Israel received in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel gave them to inherit.

 Their inheritance was by lot, just as the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses for the nine and one-half tribes.

 For Moses had given an inheritance to the two and one-half tribes beyond the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them.

 For the people of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. And no portion was given to the Levites in the land, but only cities to dwell in, with their pasturelands for their livestock and their substance.

 The people of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses; they allotted the land.

 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me.

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.

 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the LORD my God.

 And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’

 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.

 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.

 So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.”

 Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.

 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD, the God of Israel.

 Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba. (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

 

The land was divided as God instructed Moses. We read how Caleb now receives the promise given to him because he followed God completely. And finally, the land rested from war.

 

For the believer today, the promise is good; we are given an abundant life when we follow God completely. We can step out for God; we can claim territory for His kingdom within us and others. This is His reign, His rule. We will be blessed for that and there is promise for rest when He gives it. As God rested so may we.

 

It is sad that there will be and are believers who stop at accepting what Christ has given them and proceed no further. Most the New Testament ( and it often repeats the Old Testament) is given so that we may then ‘know how to live.’ We meet and know of too many who claim Christ but do not enter into their promised land. They spend this life looking for the next but living now in solemn distress. Their prayers lack life because they do not seek to know more than salvation now from the wages of sin, death and lack ambition or desire to know more of God. They tend to live in a land of fear; fear of sickness, fear of loss of job, fear of liability, fear of death, fear of others who are different from them and the list could continue. We, as overcomers, are freed from that fear. We do not have to live in fear of anything for the life of faith and trust placed in God gives us freedom to defeat the attacks of the enemy of our souls. Israel had faith in God and God gave them the land. Abraham had faith in God and God fulfilled his promise to Abraham. We can have faith that God will do the same for us in the spiritual promised land of a faith-based life that Jesus told us would be abundant; that is more than we need!

 

And the conquest is followed by rest, includes rest. For some of us resting is something to be learned. But when we see the hand of God working in our life and the lives of others we can begin to relax in Him and rest, knowing that He has control and will fight for us. Blessed be the God of Israel; blessed be the name of Jesus.

 

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…just as He said…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 13:29-33

 

And Moses gave an inheritance to the half-tribe of Manasseh. It was allotted to the half-tribe of the people of Manasseh according to their clans.

Their region extended from Mahanaim, through all Bashan, the whole kingdom of Og king of Bashan, and all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixty cities,

and half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, the cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. These were allotted to the people of Machir the son of Manasseh for the half of the people of Machir according to their clans.

These are the inheritances that Moses distributed in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan east of Jericho.

But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the LORD God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them.

 

God gives. Scripture says he rewards those who diligently seek him. They will first of all find Him and the blessings of knowing Him will follow. He blesses those who seek His glory rather than their own. He keeps His promises. The promise given Abraham is not forgotten even though Abraham has long passed from this life. His promises continue to future generations. Israel gives us examples of what happens when we stray away from following Him. They found themselves wandering in a wilderness; later, they found themselves chastened by loss and in bondage once again to those to whose ideologies and philosophies they had turned. With repentance and returning to God’s ways they found that God once again was faithful to return them to His promise, the land given to Abraham.

 

Are we faithful to teach our future generations, not only what the scripture says but how to apply it to their lives? Are we faithful to introduce them to the One who created them, loves them and wants a relationship with them as well? Are we faithful to live the overcoming life before them? How do we handle stressful situations? Do we seek first the kingdom of God? Are we showing by example how to follow God’s commands and the joy that comes from serving Him? Even if they stray, what they see and hear, study and know will follow them throughout their whole life.   God’s Spirit will not depart from them. They will return to that place of knowing in the spirit. They will receive their inheritance. The kingdom of God is forever.

 

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