God gave and the people possessed

Joshua Bible Background

03.28.2019 – Old Testament: Jos 22.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 21–22 on March 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Lord God of Israel promised them land and He gave it, and finally they possessed it. He gave, but they had to take. Of the tribes east of the Jordan, the Bible says:

Now to half the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half of it Joshua gave a possession among their brethren on this side of the Jordan, westward. And indeed, when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them, and spoke to them, saying, “Return with much riches to your tents, with very much livestock, with silver, with gold, with bronze, with iron, and with very much clothing. Divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.” So the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they had obtained according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

– Joshua 22.7–9

It is as simple as God gave, and the people possessed. However, to retain possession of the land, they had to listen to Him and obey Him. They did not earn the land in so doing, but they showed that they honored Him as the Giver of the land.


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