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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A Legacy…

 

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 13:14-28

 

To the tribe of Levi alone Moses gave no inheritance. The offerings by fire to the LORD God of Israel are their inheritance, as he said to him.

 And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the people of Reuben according to their clans.

 So their territory was from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland by Medeba;

with Heshbon, and all its cities that are in the tableland; Dibon, and Bamoth-baal, and Beth-baal-meon,

 and Jahaz, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,

 and Kiriathaim, and Sibmah, and Zereth-shahar on the hill of the valley,

 and Beth-peor, and the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth,

 that is, all the cities of the tableland, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses defeated with the leaders of Midian, Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the princes of Sihon, who lived in the land.

 Balaam also, the son of Beor, the one who practiced divination, was killed with the sword by the people of Israel among the rest of their slain.

 And the border of the people of Reuben was the Jordan as a boundary. This was the inheritance of the people of Reuben, according to their clans with their cities and villages.

 Moses gave an inheritance also to the tribe of Gad, to the people of Gad, according to their clans.

 Their territory was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the Ammonites, to Aroer, which is east of Rabbah,

 and from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir,

 and in the valley Beth-haram, Beth-nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, having the Jordan as a boundary, to the lower end of the Sea of Chinnereth, eastward beyond the Jordan.

This is the inheritance of the people of Gad according to their clans, with their cities and villages.

 

“This is the inheritance of the people of.” Some translations say “the descendants of.” Inheritance is defined as:

in·her·it·ance; inˈheritəns/; noun: inheritance; plural noun: inheritances; a thing that is inherited. “he came into a comfortable inheritance”; synonyms: legacy, bequest, endowment, bestowal, provision; More: birthright, heritage, patrimony.

 

The people of Israel are rewarded with an inheritance for their obedience to the commands of God. This inheritance is passed down to their children. As we receive our inheritance from God in obedience to His word, are we seeing that it is handed down to our children? Let’s explore this a bit. The passage describes the land given, its former ownership, and the placement of the land. All is done according to what God said to Moses. We have been looking at applying the conquest of Israel into the promised land as a type of our conquest into our promised land. We too are engaged in daily battles with real foes that are physical and spiritual. As we follow the commands and promptings of the Holy Spirit we are able to rid our lives of those things that hinder the work of the Lord for the building of His kingdom. We are becoming overcomers in spirit and in truth. What then is the legacy that we leave our future generations? Are we faithful to teach the children not only the words of the scripture but also the ways of application? Are we living examples of Jesus’ teachings; of the biblical principles of a victorious life? When we are gone will they be able to inherit the truths of the scripture into their lives? The question is what is our legacy? We have responsibility not only to the Lord but also to our fellow man. And so the commands come alive: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your fellow man as yourself.

 

“…[Mar 12:30-31 NKJV] 30 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This [is] the first commandment. 31 “And the second, like [it, is] this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”…”

 

Take on the day in the name of the Lord. Let us walk in faith, overcoming and living by example as well as by word the Holy Scriptures.

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God is strong in our weakness…

 

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 13:1-13

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.”

 With the other half of the tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond the Jordan eastward, as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them:

 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland of Medeba as far as Dibon;

 and all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, as far as the boundary of the Ammonites;

 and Gilead, and the region of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah;

all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he alone was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); these Moses had struck and driven out.

 Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

 

Joshua is old and the Lord says there is still much to be done. So His instruction for Joshua is to assign what is left as an inheritance to the people of Israel. Then God himself will expel the people in the land ahead of Israel.

 

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.

 

For the believer, can it be said, when we find ourselves in the same place as Joshua, that God will say to us also, just claim what is left, assign  the remaining inheritance, and I will remove what needs to be removed from your life; I will go ahead of you? When we are weak, when we are incapacitated in some way we can rely on the Lord to go before us into the battle and clear the way for us. Our weakness only allows His strength to be glorified. God will get the glory. We get to live the life of victory, overcomers through Christ because we place our faith and trust in Him.  We walk by faith believing that what God says He will do He will.

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A promise of rest…

 

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 11:12-23

And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua captured, and struck them with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.

But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned.

And all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder. But every person they struck with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed.

Just as the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.

So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland

from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death.

Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle.

For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses.

And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities.

There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain.

So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.

 

Some key phrases stand out while reading this passage. The first is “defeated with the sword” in one translation, “struck them with the edge of the sword” in another. The believer’s sword is the Bible. As Jesus came against Satan in the wilderness with scripture, so we can fight off that which is not of God with scripture. The enemy is cunning; remember the use of scripture by Satan. Jesus did not back down but continued to use scripture even in that attack. Remember to be aware and alert which requires knowledge of scripture and that requires being found in the Word studying, meditating, and remembering. We have the Holy Spirit to assist us in these battles. So continue to hold everything to the high standard of scripture and don’t be surprised if the attack comes from other believers. Pray that the Holy Spirit give us the sure knowledge to know when scripture is being used amiss; manipulated to serve the purpose of mankind.  Satan knows our vulnerability and is not opposed to using us against each other. We who walk by faith in the knowledge of His Word can be victorious as Israel was through the use of the sword, for us the Bible.

 

Another two phrases are “struck and put to death” and ” utterly destroyed.” When the Holy Spirit reveals to us that which must be removed from our own lives we are to strike it and put it to death, removing it completely from our lives. Note the revelation comes from the Holy Spirit; Spirit to spirit. This is not to imply that we are to go about cleaning each other up. Jesus tells us

“…[Mat 7:3 ESV] 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…”

 

As Israel cleansed the land of its inhabitants, we can with the Holy Spirit’s assistance cleanse our ‘land,’ our lives, of that which hinders the work of the Lord in our lives. We can live victorious lives in the promised land given to us by the Lord.

 

Everything was “in keeping with orders Adonai had given Moses”; also stated “in keeping with all that Adonai said to Moses.” God’s word is our key. God’s commands are to be followed. God’s Word tells us how then we shall live. And once that is accomplished the phrase ” the land rested from war” reminds us of the promise of God’s rest. How sweet it is to rest in the promised land of a victorious life; knowing we are where He wants us, living in tune with His will and not our own.

 

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all the words… the blessing and the curse

 

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 8:24-35

 

 When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword.

 And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai.

But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.

Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the LORD that he commanded Joshua.

 So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

 And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree and threw it at the entrance of the gate of the city and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day.

 At that time Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal,

 just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the people of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, “an altar of uncut stones, upon which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings.

 And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written.

 And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel.

 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.

 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.

 

This time Israel was careful to do exactly as they were told. It’s sad that we are so self-oriented it takes the extreme measure to bring us to obedience to the Word. We are privileged to have the grace of God through Christ’s sacrifice. A sacrifice was required, the ultimate sacrifice has been given. For this we have the promise of living in the ‘promised land’ of abundant life given through Christ. We still have personal life issues to battle and they often require a sacrifice but God gives the victory – he hands the city over to us.  At that point we must always give thanks and take the time to remember His Words, His goodness, His mercy, His love.

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This is what pride brings…

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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Isaiah 17:1-9

 An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

  The cities of Aroer are deserted;

they will be for flocks,

which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,

 and the kingdom from Damascus;

and the remnant of Syria will be

like the glory of the children of Israel,

declares the LORD of hosts.

 And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,

and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.

 And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain

 and his arm harvests the ears,

and as when one gleans the ears of grain

in the Valley of Rephaim.

  Gleanings will be left in it,

as when an olive tree is beaten—

two or three berries

in the top of the highest bough,

four or five

on the branches of a fruit tree,

declares the LORD God of Israel.

 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.

 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense. In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

As the Lord brought judgment in times past for pride of self and arrogance do we think we shall escape the same?  Only when we look upon the Holy One of Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ; we receive then the promise of redemption and salvation.  We are reminded here to keep our eyes upon Christ,

“…man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel….”

not the work of our hands, not what we have made or done.

“… he will not look on what his own fingers have made, …”

Our hopes and provision rests in Him and Him alone.  At times it may be that the difficulties we experience as we travel through life are our own doing, results of our pride which so easily gets in our way creating a hindrance to the work and will of God.  And so we are at the effect of the shaping and fine tuning of our Lord who loves us and wants us to be fruitful.  We are hindered in bearing fruit for the Lord if all we present is ourselves and what we have done.  Let the works speak for themselves.  God’s will be done in our lives.  Be alert to the presence of pride in our lives – may we refocus on the Holy One and Him alone.

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