Archive for January 27th, 2012

Joshua 21

Joshua 21 is a chapter where the final land is distributed to the Levites.  Joshua gave cities throughout the land to the Levites.  There is a long list – most all of the chapter in fact – that calls out the specific details.  There were cities from the land of all the tribes that were given to these who served as priests.  They did not inherit their own homeland but rather were dispersed among the other tribes.  And now they have their own place.

Joshua has led the people through the process of taking the Promised Land.  “Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers”.  God had made a promise and He has fulfilled it.   The people “took possession of it, and they settled there”.  The wait is over and the people have moved in.  There is a homeland for all.  It has happened just as God promised.

But wait, there is more.  “And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers”.  Not only have they come in and been able to take the land, but they have been given rest.  They have been wandering for over 40 years and fighting for the past months to take their land, and now God is giving them rest.  Not a little rest, but on every side.  There is complete and total rest.  He has cleaned things up for them.  “Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands”.  Did you catch that?  God gave ALL their enemies into their hands.  Not a few, but ALL.  They were the victors because of His power and might.

This is a story of God’s faithfulness.  Check out what scripture tells us about that truth: “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass”.  I am very careful to use the word ALL unless I am talking about God.  He alone is the one who can be that consistent.  He alone is the one who has never failed.  He alone can make ALL come to pass.  And He did – He made it all come to pass.  Each and every detail, down to the fine print, happened because He was in control.  He is the controller of the universe.  He is in charge.

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