Y’hoshua con’t…. Part IX

To begin this study at the beginning – click on March 1st and then every highlighted day on the March calendar.

Chapter 14

The land was divided by lot. Remember Jonah was chosen by ‘lot’ to see who was to blame for the storm when the ship sailed from Yaffa? The replacement disciple for Judas was chosen by ‘lot’ and by ‘lot’ the day chosen to kill all the Jews in the Book of Esther was decided. Many decisions of that day were made by ‘lot’ or a throw of the dice. It was thought that YHVH would speak through this method.

Concerning Calev/Caleb: Caleb, which means ‘dog’, and was a slang term for Gentile, was one of the two men out of the twelve who gave a good report concerning the Land when they were sent in to spy it out. He was the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, but adopted into the tribe of Judah. He was chosen to go into the land as the one representing the tribe of Judah. There is much in the Bible concerning adoption. The expression, “to bear a child upon the knees” refers to adoption. (See Genesis 30:3) As Believers, we are adopted into the Commonwealth of Israel. That makes us former Gentiles just as loved and able to inherit the same as the Israelites! We can now be rightly called Israelites and therefore Children of G-d, too!

Caleb came to Y’hoshua at Gilgal, where they still had their original camp, and asked for certain land that he had wanted. Moshe promised him the land where “your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance.” It was time to collect! He was 85 years old and as strong as he ever had been. Y’hoshua blessed him and gave him Hebron, the mountain he wanted. This word is pronounced “heh-BRON”, sounding the “O”, not “HEB-rahn”. This is where King David ruled his first seven and a half years before he reigned in Yerushalayim. It is where Abram lived with his family for so many years. The current administration in Israel today wants the PA to rule over Hebron. How ironic and sad! The original name of this city was called Kirjath Arba, and it is also still there today. Caleb took his land and Israel rested from war.

Chapter 15

This chapter deals with the borders of the land given to Judah. An interesting side note tells us about how Caleb offered his daughter, Achsah, to who ever conquered the city called Debir (Kirjath Sephir) in his portion of land. His nephew wanted her so he went up and conquered the city.

The Jebusites were living in Yerushalayim at that time. The children of Judah were never successful in driving them out so they lived together in harmony. Remember that Ornan, the Jubusite, sold King David the threshing floor where the Temple was built?

Chapter 16

The lands given to the sons of Joseph are revealed here.

G-d has a specific place for you. A spot perhaps no one else can fill. It is so important to be obedient to what the Lord has for you to do so that your job will get done. If you have no idea what your ministry is, ask Him. He will show you what His plan is for your life. You just need to surrender to Him and determine in your heart to follow His will for you.

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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