Tag Archive: Joshua

Three Burials

“Joshua now faces the end of his life.  He is called to be with his fathers, knowing that over the years he has proved himself to be a man of great faith and courage.  And with Joshua goes the high priest, Eleazar, who has served the people’s spiritual needs throughout the conquest.  With the passing of these two men of God, the last immediate links with Moses and Aaron will be severed, and a new era will soon find the Israelites in spiritual eclipse.  Never again will the Israelites as a nation be this closely united, either among themselves or with their God.

The people also bury the 400-year-old bones of Joseph.  It is an appropriate tie with the early patriarchs, to whom God first promised this land.”

Read Joshua 24:29-30/Judges 2:8,9 and Joshua 24:32-33

Additional Conquests

“The fact that territory has been given to a tribe or individual does not mean that the land can be immediately occupied.  The inhabitants living in the land must first be driven out.”

Read: Judges 1:1-10, 16-19, Joshua 15:13-14/Judges 1:20b, Joshua 15:15-19/Judges 1:11-15 and Judges 1:22-26

Failure to Complete Conquests

“The danger of an incomplete conquest is the lingering presence of pagan influence.  As long as the Canaanites remain, the Israelites will inevitably intermarry with them, and, just as inevitably, turn to worship their pagan gods.

Failure to drive out the inhabitants may indicate not only the softness of Israel’s resolve but also a certain fascination with the pagan culture about them.  Whatever the reasons for their failure, God considers it a breach of covenant and knows that widespread idolatry is soon to follow.

Interestingly enough, neither Judah nor Benjamin is able to completely drive out the Jebusites from the city of Jerusalem, which is within the region of their common boundary (even despite the fact that Judah has already attacked the city once and put it to the torch.)”

Read Joshua 13:13, 16:10/Judges 1:29, Joshua 17:11-13/Judges 1:27-28, Joshua 15:63, Judges 1:21, 30-36 and Judges 2:1-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Read:  Joshua chapters 18, 19, 20, 21

The Daily Bible doesn’t give any commentary for today’s reading and I’m sure y’all are dying to know my take on the subject.

So, here it is.

I love that the Israelites cast lots at times to determine an outcome.

Sheep Knuckle Lots

Lots were used throughout the Bible and could have been anything from stones, sticks, bones, Urim & Thummim, dice, urns filled with names/land divisions, we don’t know specifically…but we do know that it removed human choice from the decision making process and allowed God to work.

“The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.”   Proverbs 16:33

But to the onlooker…the unbeliever…lots seem to be a foolish way to make a decision.  Leaving it up to random chance.  But to God-fearing people, it is another direct answer from God; another way to fully rely on Him.  And whether you like it or not, God is in control of all things, all decisions…

What comfort that is.

Proverbs 3:5-6

But I especially like the very last verse from today’s reading.  What an awesome truth that even we can claim!!

“Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”   Joshua 21:45 


Related Articles:
What was the practice of casting lots?   (got.questions.org)
Cleromancy   (en.wikipedia.org)

The Taking of Jericho and Ai

“God will once again demonstrate his power by giving over the city of Jericho to the Israelites in a miraculous fashion.  But the joy of victory will turn into surprise defeat at the city of Ai, because one of the Israelites has taken forbidden plunder from Jericho.  However, once the sin in the camp has been eradicated, God will again lead his people to win the battle for Ai.  Following that victory, the Israelites will honor their divine Commander by reading his laws and erecting the altar which God had commanded through Moses.”

Read Joshua chapters 6, 7, 8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Moses Blesses the Tribes

“Moses’ last recorded words are optimistic blessings for each of the tribes of Israel as they prepare to take over the land which was promised to their forefathers.  Although the exact interpretation of each blessing is sometimes obscure, it is clear that Moses is caught up in the excitement of pending conquests and uses the occasion for giving encouragement and hope.

Prior to giving these blessings, Moses is told that he is to go up on a mountain to view the land of Canaan and then die soon thereafter.”

Read Numbers 27:12-14/Deuteronomy 32:48-52 and Deuteronomy 33

Moses’ Death and Burial

“Moses prepares to ascend Mount Nebo for a long-awaited view of the promised land.  It must be with mixed emotions that he climbs that last step and looks down over ‘the land flowing with milk and honey.’  The long journey has been worth it, and the God who has promised it all is indeed faithful.  While Moses has every confidence that God can deliver the land, he knows that territorial conquest is nothing compared to the struggle which the Israelites will face in trying to maintain their covenant relationship with God.”

Read Deuteronomy 34

“So ends the life of the greatest man of God since Abraham.  As Abraham had taught a family about faith, Moses had taught a nation about law and in centuries to come, One greater than them both will teach the whole world about love and grace.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Transfer of Leadership to Joshua

‘Now it is time for Moses to step down and turn the leadership over to Joshua, his successor.  There is little fanfare, for Moses has not been a typical ruler.  He has not been dependent upon political power or process.  He has been merely a servant of the nation’s true ruler, God himself — and so shall Joshua be.”

Read: Deuteronomy 31:1-8, 14, 15, 23

Song of Unfaithfulness

“Anticipating the fact that the Israelites will soon breach their vows of commitment to him, God asks Moses to teach the Israelites a song about unfaithfulness in which God’s own faithfulness stands in sharp contrast.  It is a call to law-keeping — yet a promise of divine grace where human efforts fail.

Moses had personally written the account which is now known as the book of Deuteronomy.  Yet at this point, before assembling the congregation to teach them God’s song, there is an indication that Moses gives over his book to the Levites so that it may be kept with the ark.”

Read: Deuteronomy 31:16-29 and Deuteronomy 32:1-47

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Joshua Named as Successor

“Aware that his death is imminent, Moses is quite naturally concerned about the future leadership of Israel and asks for God’s guidance in the selection of his replacement.  It must be gratifying for Moses to learn that God has chosen Joshua, who has been Moses’ faithful protégé for over 40 years.”

Read Numbers 27:15-23

Two-and-a-Half Tribes East of Jordan

“Moses is approached by the men of Gad and Reuben, who have decided that they prefer to settle east of the Jordan River.  Moses is at first skeptical, thinking that perhaps the men are making the request in order to avoid fighting for Canaan.  When assured that the men will help conquer the promised land, Moses agrees to their request.”

Numbers 32 and Deuteronomy 4:41-43

Preparations for Conquest and Settlement

“God warns the Israelites in advance that when they enter Canaan they must drive out all of its inhabitants and completely destroy the idolatry rampant in the land.  (Needless to say in light of their past experience, the Israelites will not wholly comply with God’s directive and will therefore fall repeatedly into religious apostasy.)

The land which God has for centuries promised to give to his people is the land of Canaan, the borders of which God carefully delineates.”

Numbers 33:50-56, Deuteronomy 25:17-19, Numbers 34 and Numbers 35:1-8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Moses Rebuked by Miriam

“While the Israelites are encamped at Hazeroth, it appears that Moses has married a Cushite woman.  Moses’ sister, Miriam, has become an influential prophetess among the Israelites, is clearly upset by Moses’ choice of a spouse.  Her reasons are not stated and do not appear to be of any particular religious significance, but her opposition to Moses draws God’s judgment nevertheless.”

Read Numbers 12:1-16

The People Lack Courage

“Spies are sent out to determine the strength of the Canaanites where they find impressive armies and fortifications.  Ten of the twelve spies bring back a dismal report, and the Israelites become discouraged.

When two of the spies encourage them to put their faith in God, the people become vocally antagonistic.  For their disbelief, the judgment of God is that none of the fearful Israelites will enter into the promised land, and that the nation of Israel will wander in the wilderness for 40 years, letting death take its natural toll.”

Read Numbers 13, 14

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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