Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes: Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right.
At the close of chapter 21, “not one of all the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” Remember the covenant God made with Abraham, back in Genesis? All those years before, God promised to make of Abraham’s descendants a great nation. To be a nation requires many people and a land to live in. Now Israel has both. They are in possession of the land of promise and the Lord has given them rest.
The tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh that received land to the east of the Jordan are ready to return to their families. Notice the warning Joshua gives them before blessing them and sending them on their way (chapter 22).
Joshua 23-24 gives Joshua’s farewell address and important instructions to the leaders.
Israel was up against formidable strongholds as they sought to enter and settle in the Promised Land. What spiritual strongholds do you face as you seek to “enter the rest” of God’s kingdom? What spiritual lessons can you learn from Israel’s struggle?
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