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Joshua 19 [Read]
Joshua 20 [Read]
Luke 5:17-39 [Read]
The allotment of Promised Land was almost done, and all the tribes of Israel received their share except the Levites. The recording of this in the Scripture provided the historical evidence for the future generations, so they might know the origin of their homeland. From this seemingly mundane process, we can make the following observations.
For the land west of Jordan, Caleb was the first to receive his share. This shows us that God remembers those who follow him wholeheartedly. When time comes to hand out rewards, they will be the first ones to receive. Though we serve God as a response to the tremendous grace he has already bestowed unto us, the Bible does teach us to expect heavenly reward for sure. That’s just how generous our Lord is, and ignoring such repeated promises from him is to ignore his good will for us.
Both Judah and sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their share before other tribes. Their allotments were huge compared to other tribes, and they received them before the survey team was sent (18:4). I believe part of the reason for such special treatment was that Joshua, from Ephraim, and Caleb, from Judah, were the only two spies who believed in God’s promise in the desert of Paran. Because of their loyalty, God’s grace flew through them to their tribes. In contrast, the sin of Achan negatively affected the whole people. Therefore, never underestimate the spiritual impact of one person (Acts 16:31).
The survey team was sent out with 3 members from each tribe, irrespective the size of the tribe. Simeon (22,000 from Nu 26:14) and Zebulun (60,500 from Nu 26:27) both sent 3 representatives, and the final allotments of land were determined by the Lord himself (18:10). Man wants more because of their superficial advantage or their needs, but God’s principle for his community has always been “my grace is sufficient for you”. No matter how much we want to grab for ourselves, the end result from the eternal perspective will always be “he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little” (Ex 16:18).
Joshua received his share only after all tribes (except Levites) had received theirs. Through this, we see the genuine humility of a loyal servant of God. He who is closest to God’s heart waits patiently for his reward, because he knows his Lord will never forget about him. May this become our encouragement today.
Keep on reading, we are almost done with Joshua.