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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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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