Joshua 18 – 21
Summarizing Joshua 18 – 21 we see God fulfilling his promise to Abraham as the Israelites take possession of the promised land, with each tribe’s final destination (e.g., Judah in the south and Joseph in the north) being an important detail not to be overlooked.
Joshua 21: 43 – 45:
43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
This passage of scripture is very encouraging to me and bolsters my faith since it reinforces the notion that God is faithful and will deliver on His promises. Looking back through scripture I marvel at the many twists and turns that occurred as the promise plays itself out, and the many times when it seemed doomed to failure only to be rescued by God – I’m so thankful that He’s in control and WILL ALWAYS deliver on His promises. The possession of the promised land is but a step in fulfilling the ultimate promise to Abraham of becoming the ‘father of many nations’ which was fulfilled through Christ and His invitation to all (and the reason I’m now part of the body of Christ). This ultimately reminds me of the great commission and I’m challenged to consider how I’m playing my role in that commission.