God Is Faithful!

Scripture reading for March 8th: Joshua 18-21

Some of the reading in today’s passages seems to be boring.  It is the details of how Joshua divided the land for the tribes of Israel.  Each tribe had fought faithfully and waited patiently for the completion of the long war to conquer the promised land.  God gave them each a definite inheritance, chosen by lot. (Joshua 18:10)   The inheritance established them in a land of their own with rest from war!  Read today with an eye for the distant future and God’s sure promises!

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.  The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers.  Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:43-45

The land of Israel belongs to them by divine promise.  This is being debated today by nations who are trying to divide the land and make a Palestinian state.  God’s promises are true, however,  and the land will ultimately belong to them forever.  (Deuteronomy 1:8)  (Joshua 18:3)  God brought Israel back to her land in 1947 and she will ultimately possess this land.

God gives rest to His people.  Jesus Christ called to the Jews first to come unto Him for rest for their souls.  (Matthew 11:28-30)  Sin and guilt are heavy burdens on men.  Jesus came to save those who were lost and burdened.  The real rest is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  The best is yet to come!

Just as every enemy of the Israelites was defeated, Jesus has gone before us and defeated our last enemy, death. We are victorious through Jesus Christ!  (1st Corinthians 15:54-57)  He faced death and took the keys of death and hell from our arch-enemy, Satan!  (Revelation 1:18)  Jesus is alive forevermore and lives to pray for us until we come home to Father’s house!

Every promise of God is “yes” and “amen” in Christ Jesus, our heavenly Joshua.  We will surely get our full inheritance and enjoy His presence forever and ever!  Praise the Lord!  (2nd Corinthians 1:18-22)

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