Israel: The Division of the Land; Joshua Chapters 13-19

This is one of the tough sections to read in my opinion. So many names that are very difficult to pronounce. When I read the Bible I try to engage myself as much as possible. I read out loud, so that is speech and hearing and then of course I am looking at the words. It is so tempting to start skipping names, I mean really what does this have to do with me? Well, today I figured it out.

For Jews it is very important to keep track of their history and heritage. In Joshua’s time on through to Jesus’ day they kept track because that would help lead to finding the Messiah. But even after all their records were lost in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. (A.D.) they kept up the records best as they could. In fact, before the internet and, if you wanted to try and trace your history one of the best places to go was to a temple or synagogue!

But as a Christian there is a great deal of meaning for me today! It shows how God, or Jehovah (God’s personal name; Ps. 83:18) acts. For example, the tribe of Simeon’s allotment was placed inside the borders of Judah. Why? Judah had more than they needed. So to keep things fair it was lessened by giving some to another tribe. So Jehovah is fair. Everyone gets their fair share. How wonderful! But still what does that have to do with us?

Many people don’t realize this, but the Bible teaches of a time when only righteous people (past and present) will live on the earth. And the earth will be a paradise, just as it began. Well, enough for me to say it, but better if the Bible does the talking here.

Earthly paradise proofs:

  1. Righteous people on earth: Ps. 37:10,11
  2. Paradise: No death, Rev. 21:4; No sick, Isa. 33:24; No blind or lame, Isa. 35:5,6; A resurrection, Jn. 5:28,29; No hunger, Ps. 72:16; Animals get along, Isa. 11:6, 65:25.
  3. These promises will come true. Why, they were what Jehovah promised in the beginning and God doesn’t change. Nu. 23:19, Malachi 3:6.

Now back to my original question, how does the account in Joshua affect us? Because what Jehovah originally purposed was an earth full of righteous people in paradise conditions, and because we can bank on that, there will come a time when we will have our own home on our own land. Jehovah will no doubt divvy up that land up in a fair way and I would count on our own desires being taken into account as well. Me personally, I want to live in the mountains. But, wherever he puts me I know he will have looked into my heart and it will be where I will be happiest.

So yes it is hard to read the names of those people and those cities, but it does help me keep in mind that when the earth is rid of all badness what we get will be good and fair for us.

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