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God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28 - Joshua 19-21: Conquered Canaan is Parceled Out (Part 3 of 3)

Today’s Reading: Joshua 19-21

The Message

English Standard Version

Today is the final day where Canaan is given to the tribes. Unless you really like saying words in Hebrew, try not to say them in your head. Scan through these areas if you are getting bogged down.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Once again we see a tribe of Israel unable to fulfill God's entire promise.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Joshua and Eleazar finished giving the unconquered land of Canaan to the tribes left. Dan could not push out the people in the West but could conquer Leshem.
God instructed Joshua to designate the asylum cities. Six cities were chosen—three from east and three from west of the Jordan.
The Levites went to Eleazar and Joshua and requested towns and grasslands for their inheritance among the other tribes. They were given 48 towns.
God gave Israel rest on all sides to fulfill part of the promise. Everything God told Israel would happen happened.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

These chapters are included for the generations after the conquest to know how to return the land in the Jubilee.

(Repeat of Monday's comment)
God's Law stated that the land would return to the original families at the Jubilee. Therefore, a list of who received what was essential to know how to return the land. (Foreshadowing—Israel never obeys the Jubilee commands.)

God finished all he promised Israel before they entered Canaan.

God has given Canaan to Israel just as he promised both to their ancestors and the current generation. Now Israel transitions from being a conquering force to being a nation in their own land. God will fulfill His promises!

Be strong and courageous!

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