Today’s reading is: Josh. 19:49-21:45; 1 Chr. 6:54-81
Joshua Chapter Nineteen
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The final land grant was the personal request of Joshua within the hill country of Ephraim—Timnath-serah (Josh. 19:49-51). Just as the land apportionment began with Caleb (Josh. 14:6-15) it now concludes with Joshua.
Joshua Chapter Twenty
- The Lord directed Joshua to establish the six cities of refuge that He had previously instructed them in (Josh. 20:1-6; Num. 35).
- Israel set apart three cities within Canaan, and three cities across the Jordan (Josh. 20:7-9).
Joshua Chapter Twenty-One + 1st Chr. 6:54-81
- The 48 Levitical cities are distributed in chapter 21.
- Once the tribes received their inheritance, it was their privilege to give to the Levites cities and pasture lands for their support (Josh. 21:1-3).
- The clans of Levi received their cities by lot.
- The Aaronic priests, from the clan of Kohath, received 13 cities from Judah, Simeon, & Benjamin (Josh. 21:4,8-19).
- The remainder of the clan of Kohath received 10 cities from Ephraim, Dan, and ½ Manasseh (west Manasseh) (Josh. 21:5,20-26).
- The clan of Gershon received 13 cities from Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and ½ Manasseh (east Manasseh) (Josh. 21:6,27-33).
- The clan of Merari received 12 cities from Reuben, Gad & Zebulun (Josh. 21:7,34-40).
- The scattering of Levi throughout the other 12 tribes provided for accurate Bible teaching in every community (Josh. 21:41,42; Deut. 33:10). Someone has estimated that no one in Israel lived more than 10 miles from 1 of the 48 Levite towns. Thus every Israelite had nearby a man well-versed in the Law of Moses who could give advice and counsel on the many problems of religious, family, and political life.
- The summary statement for the Conquest is most interesting (Josh. 21:43-45).
- Each tribe received their possession as a grace gift from the Lord.
- Each tribe was blessed with military victories in the conquest of that land.
- Many tribes, however, failed to achieve every victory the Lord had for them.
- The shortcomings in Joshua and Judges are therefore Israel’s shortcomings, and not the Lord’s (Rom. 3:3; 2nd Tim. 2:13).