Towns for the Levites

Towns for the Levites

Towns for the Levites – Joshua 21 Levites were given 48 cities and their common lands from other tribes as inheritance. God gave Israel all the things He promised; no enemies could stand before Israel. In Joshua 21, more special allotments of land were made, this time for the sake of economic justice. While the Levites were not given their own inheritance in the land because the Lord himself was their inheritance, they were given the basic necessities of towns in which to live and fields to pasture their flocks. The Levites were divided into Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites. Among the former the family of Aaron were exclusively appointed to the priesthood, and all the rest were ranked in the common order of Levites. The first lot was drawn by the Kohathites; and the first of theirs again by the priests, to whom thirteen cities were granted, and ten to the rest of the Kohathites; thirteen to the Gershonites), and twelve to the Merarites. 21 Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel 2 at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The Lord commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.” 3 So, as the Lord had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance.4 The first lot came out for the Kohathites, according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin. 5 The...
Joshua 10 – The Longest Day

Joshua 10 – The Longest Day

Joshua 10 – The Longest Day This chapter really inspires me, especially when the five kings teamed up against the king of Gibeon. This shows that my enemy will always team up with those who do not wish me well, but my GOD will first give them all into my hands to defeat, thereby encouraging me, and then He will join the fight by throwing stones at them right from the House of Caves, Wrath and Anger to the Cultivated Ground. The 5 kings themselves will be drawn out of their hiding place and the Heavenly hosts will step on their necks, while I stand still in victory. Joshua Verses 1-6 When sinners leave the service of Satan and the friendship of the world, that they make peace with God and join Israel, they must not marvel if the world hate them, if their former friends become foes. By such methods Satan discourages many who are convinced of their danger, and almost persuaded to be Christians, but fear the cross. These things should quicken us to apply to God for protection, help, and deliverance. Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty. Therefore Adoni-Zedek...
Gates of Jericho

Gates of Jericho

Joshua 6 – Destroying Fortifications The story of the walls of Jericho falling down, recorded in Joshua 6:1-27, is one that demonstrates the miraculous power of God. But more than that, the utter destruction of Jericho teaches us several grand truths regarding God’s grace and our salvation. Strategy for Victory (6:1-7) The directions given to Joshua by God for the battle to win Jericho seemed crazy when compared to the human strategies that men would come up with. That is why this chapter is crucial to study it repeats key concepts of walking by faith and dealing with the spiritual enemies we face in everyday life. 1 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. 3 And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called...
Praise of Moses

Praise of Moses

Deuteronomy 34 – Praise of Moses My daily, cover-to-cover bible read concluded today with the praise of Moses. To summarize Deuteronomy chapter 34 in twenty-five words or less I would say; Moses views the Promised Land from Nebo. The death and burial of Moses, The mourning of the people. Joshua succeeds Moses, The praise of Moses. Not to abiding of literature rules, but hey I got the job done. Deuteronomy Chapter 34 was a very quick read, being only 12 verses. The chapter begins with Moses unwilling to leave his work. After finally completing all that needed to be done he began creating the feeling of willingness to die. The Lord came to him and vowed that Moses should be able to view the Promised Land. God shows Moses the promise land, although he cannot enter it, after this, Moses dies on Mount Nebo. God reserves the brightest discoveries of his grace to his people to support their dying moments. Those may leave this world with cheerfulness, which die in the faith of Christ, and in the hope of heaven. Moses obeyed the commands of God as willingly as any other. He died in honor and in peaceful company of God. Some say Moses died “at the mouth of the Lord,” living life according to the will of God. Servants of the Lord that accomplish all of their work, must at some time die, and be willing to go home to God. This moment is whenever God sends for them. Moses was rewarded for his service. The people who mourned the loss of Moses began realizing that if we...
Deuteronomy 28 – Obey God or Be Destroyed

Deuteronomy 28 – Obey God or Be Destroyed

Obey God or Be Destroyed This chapter is written in a way that describes, the blessing of God or His wrath, or in easier terms obey God or be destroyed.  Deuteronomy 28 tells of the blessings which God pronounces on the obedient, particular privileges which the faithful shall receive. Blessings are here but listed before the curses and in less detail. This shows us that God is slow to anger, but swift to show mercy. The curses pronounced against the ungodly and idolatrous and are detailed in this chapter. There is also a breakdown of the miseries which should be inflicted on people who disobey and what should happen if they neglect the commandments of the Lord. If we do not keep God’s commandments, we not only come short of the blessing promised, but we lay ourselves under the curse, which includes all misery, as the blessing all happiness. People who disobey shall be consumed by fever, drought and barrenness and they shall be defeated by their enemies. Take observation of the justice of these curses. In biblical time this meant the person would be afflicted with the botch of Egypt which led to madness and blindness. Curses Rest Upon Sinner Not only would the person be cursed by the botch of Egypt but wherever the sinner went, the curse of God followed; wherever he is, the curse rests upon him.  The curse would cause disappointment in all their projects. Whatever they had would also be under a curse. All their enjoyments are made bitter; taking away the allowance of true comfort in them.  This would ultimately test those who...
Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Cancellation of Debt Today I was blessed by ending my daily reading with Deuteronomy Chapter 15.  It was an amazing chapter that I could fully relate to since I am buried under student debt.  It seems like I paid premium dollar for education that I could apply to a job that never existed.  It was a trap.  It was a false promise.So below is my perspective of Deuteronomy 15 and the cancellation of debt. Here is a quick summary for those with the attention span of a…. what was I talking about? Moses speaks to Israel: all debts cancelled after seven years. God instructs everyone to be generous to the poor and to not refrain from lending because the Sabbath year approaches. Slaves are to be released every seventh year, and not turned out empty-handed. Meaning send them on their way with enough to survive in the world. Slaves who wished to continue serving would have their ear pierced with an awl, to signify the relationship. The firstborn of the herd or flock is to be given to the Lord. The sacrifice must be flawless. In every single way. If you couldn’t even finish the first paragraph without having your mind wander you should stop now… or if you truly want to find out about the cancellations of debt and the seventh year proceed. Could you imagine a world where debts would be canceled every 7 years? A place where every creditor knows that by forgiving the debt of a fellow person, they are actually increasing the value of that persons life.  The creditor must know that God will...
Deuteronomy 10 Tablets Like the First Ones

Deuteronomy 10 Tablets Like the First Ones

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. The book of Deuteronomy chapter 10 is broken down into two parts.  The chapter begins with God’s mercy to Israel after their rebellion (once again) and the chapter ends with an exhortation to obedience. Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s great mercy to them, which has happened many times now. God gave them his law. Thus God has intrusted them and God led them forward toward Canaan. He appointed a standing ministry among them for holy things. The succession is kept up by the Spirit’s work on men’s hearts, qualifying and making some willing for that work in every age. God accepted Moses as an advocate  for them, and therefore appointed him to be their leader. Here is a reminder that Moses plead for them and for God to forgive them of their trespasses and was given all power in heaven and in earth. As I mentioned before the chapter ends with a reminder of obedience to God. We must fear the Lord our God. We must love Him, and delight in communion with Him. We must walk in the ways in which He has appointed us to walk. We must serve Him with all our heart and soul. We must keep His commandments, because there is true honor and pleasure in obedience. We are than taught once again our duty to our neighbor. And those who have themselves been in distress, and have found mercy with God,...
Women Heirs

Women Heirs

Numbers 36 – Women Heirs In this final chapter of Numbers, the daughters of Zelophehad are instructed to marry within their tribe to maintain their tribe’s inheritance. This chapter continues on the theme of allocating the Promised Land. The basic idea is that with no sons, the property of Zelophehad goes to his daughters to help carry on his estate and his “name”. One of the principles of inheritance is that the property of the wife is given to her husband, and this chapter is largely how we figure that out. The leaders of Manasseh complain that if Zelophehad’s daughters marry outside of Manasseh, then Zelophehad’s property will be permanently given to that other tribe. The tribal inheritances are meant to be permanent, so transferring property from one tribe to another breaks that permanence. This only becomes a problem when a woman inherits her father’s land and passes it on to her husband. Moses responds by agreeing to close this tribal loophole. Any woman who inherits property from her father must marry within her father’s tribe. This serves the dual role of preserving her father’s name amongst his brothers and preserving the land within the larger tribe. To remedy this inconvenience the daughters were ordered to marry family of their father’s tribe. This was to be a law to all heiresses for the future in other tribes. The daughters followed the new law by marrying their father’s brother’s sons (cousins), thus keeping the inherited land in their own tribe. Do you come from a family of all daughters? How was your inheritance carried out? Do you see benefit in...
Numbers 14: Spies, Lies & Punishment

Numbers 14: Spies, Lies & Punishment

Numbers 14: Spies, Lies & Punishments. The 12 spies that were sent into the land of milk and honey become fearful of the Canaanite people. The investigators bring back an unfavorable report about the land in which God had promised them. All of the people of Israel bickered that night, voicing complaints against Moses and Aaron. The people also complained that dying in Egypt, or dying out in the wilderness they had been living in, would be an easier fate than dying at the hands of the sword of someone from the “promised land”. The people argued that they’d actually be safer returning to Egypt, and decided to appoint a new leader. God responds with a punishment of a forty-year stay in the wilderness, plenty of time for the present generation to die out completely. God states that each of the forty years spent wandering the desert will be punishment for each of the forty days the spies had spent searching Canaan and that they are to remember this as they all slowly die off in the desert. He then kills off the other ten spies with a deadly plague because he felt they were responsible for scaring the people of Israel into rebelling in the first place using slander and lies. God saves Caleb and Joshua for He feels that they remained faithful and justly will be spared the punishment. The old generation will die, and God will start over with a new people. Sin and rebellion produces death; but out of death, God makes a new thing. “If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will...
Leviticus 27

Leviticus 27

Leviticus 27: In a very systematic and thorough fashion, the chapter analyzes the various kinds of things which men may promise to dedicate to God. Regulations appropriate to each are then specified and vows of people, animals, houses, inheritances and land are described in full. There is also an analysis of what happens when you break a dedication or vow. God anticipates that the vows which are made at one moment in time may be regretted later, and the person making the offer will attempt, in one way or another, to renege or replace one offering for another. False vow’s which are basically promises or dedications that are not kept. It may have been a vow made sincerely at the time, but was forgotten, regretted, or for some reason not fulfilled. It may even have been a vow which was never intended to be kept, even when it was made. Leviticus 27 warns against the making of false vows, each vow which was made should be kept no matter the circumstance. When you make a vow, dedication or promise to the Lord you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and your God will surely require that you fulfill the dedication. However, if you refrain from vowing at all, it would also be a sin. Be careful of what goes out from your lips or is thought in your head, because you might be voluntarily vowing to the Lord. There are many people who have faced crises and who have, at that time, made commitments to God about serving Him in the future,...

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