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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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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