Receiving Our Inheritance

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 18-20 Since 2½ tribes had received their inheritance on the east side of Jordan, 9½ tribes received theirs on the west side. The dominant tribes, Judah, Ephraim and the half tribe of Manasseh, had already had territory allotted to them and were aggressively occupying it. Their later history was to be marred by rivalry between these tribes. It led to the split after the days of Solomon. So often our strengths are our weaknesses. We too need …

Accepting a Challenge

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 14-17 Having conquered the land, Joshua now divides it so that each tribe may have a territory. In the midst of the rather boring description of this process of dividing, we come across the story of Caleb. Forty five years before he had been one of the spies sent by Moses to see what the promised land was like. Ten had come back saying the task of conquering the land was hopeless. But Caleb and Joshua had …

It Is Finished But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 11-13 Having conquered the southern part of the promised land, Joshua now gives his attention to the north. Here he is faced with an army much larger than his, one equipped with horses and chariots, with the kind of military power he did not possess. But God says, “Do not be afraid.” As someone has said, “One plus God is a majority.” “If God be for us, who can be against us.” Then we read, “Joshua took …

God's Methods

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 8-10 Someone has said, “The Seven Last Words of the church are, ‘We have always done it this way.’” We have a tendency to get in a rut, to fail to deal with opportunities creatively. Change is not to be inaugurated for the sake of change, but neither are we to keep doing something a certain way for the sake of tradition. In this section of Scripture we see that God uses a variety of methods to …

Victory and Defeat

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 5-7 Here we have an illustration of the principle of Deuteronomy: obedience brings blessing, disobedience brings sorrow. Having crossed the Jordan, Israel must now conquer a key city, Jericho. God has a plan. This plan gives the Israelites a responsibility. They must march around the city and blow the trumpets precisely as God commands. They do this and God causes the walls to fall down; He produces the victory. So also with us. We are saved by …