The Land Divided

God gave to Israel and Israel took what God gave. That is the story of Joshua, beginning especially with chapter 14. The first verse says, “These are the areas which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel distributed as an inheritance to them” (Joshua 14:1). Nine and a half tribes received land on the west side of the Jordan and two and a half tribes received land on the east side of the Jordan (Joshua 14:2, 3), whereas the tribe of Levi did not receive a large parcel of land, but cities with adjoining land (Joshua 14:4). Verse 5 summarizes what happened, “As the LORD had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; and they divided the land” (Joshua 14:5). God wanted them to have the land, so they took it and enjoyed it.
God gives you gifts. Do you enjoy them? Do you enjoy the forgiveness He makes available in Christ?

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