Have you ever received an inheritance? A piece of property, a sum of money, a prized family heirloom (like your Grandpa’s 68 Mustang), it could be anything really. The point of an inheritance is that you have not earned it, it has been gifted to you. You might possibly be under the impression that you had a “right” to that item, property, money, etc.; but when push comes to shove, the person has chosen to gift it to you. You have not claim to it other than someone has had the inkling to give it away and give it away to you.
As you finish reading these last chapters of Joshua, consider that this land they are dividing is their inheritance. God calls it that. God has determined that Israel will hold this land, it is a gift from him to them. I think part of the reason Israel is going to run into so many problems in the coming books of the Old Testament is because they forget that the land was a gift to them. They had no right to it, other than God had promised it to them. It was God’s land, and unlike in cases of earthly inheritance where the person doing the gifting is most often passed away, God is still very much in the picture here. It is still God’s land, and he has given it to Israel to use as His people, His nation. So when Israel dishonours that inheritance, God gets a bit testy with them.
We have an inheritance as well. The New Testament calls us “joint heirs with Christ.” It means that everything that Jesus has inherited as God’s son, we also inherit. But it is not our by right, it is ours because it has been gifted to us by God. We have not earned it, we have no claim to it, we don’t even have the right to hope for it OTHER than in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. He has chosen to share with us. So rejoice my friends. You may not have a wealthy aunt who is going to leave you the family estate, but you have a father who is THE King, and he has promised you eternity in his Kingdom.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 19-21