THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 15

1 This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast. 2 And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the bay that looketh southward: 3 And it went out to the south side to Ma'aleh-acrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and ascended up on the south side unto Kadesh-barnea, and passed along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and fetched a compass to Karkaa: 4 From thence it passed toward Azmon, and went out unto the river of Egypt; and the goings out of that coast were at the sea: this shall be your south coast. 5 And the east border was the salt sea, even unto the end of Jordan. And their border in the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the uttermost part of Jordan: 6 And the border went up to Beth-hogla, and passed along by the north of Betharabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben: 7 And the border went up toward Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that is before the going up to Adummim, which is on the south side of the river: and the border passed toward the waters of Enshemesh, and the goings out thereof were at Enrogel: 8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward: 9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjath-je'arim: 10 And the border compassed from Baalah westward unto mount Seir, and passed along unto the side of mount Jearim, which is Chesalon, on the north side, and went down to Beth-she'mesh, and passed on to Timnah: 11 And the border went out unto the side of Ekron northward: and the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount Baalah, and went out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea. 12 And the west border was to the great sea, and the coast thereof. This is the coast of the children of Judah round about according to their families. 13 And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron. 14 And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

Joshua describes the borders of the tribe of Judah in which Caleb's portion is also located. A lot of sentimental places are described in this area. Kadesh-barnea (verse 3) is the area where the nation of Israel roamed for about 39 years. It was also the place where Abraham fought against the Amalkites (Genesis 14:7).
Hebron, formerly called Kirjath-arba, and even more formerly called Mamre, was the place where Abraham bought a plot of land in which to bury Sarah. Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah were all buried there als (Genesis 23:19).
Of course our Lord, Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, and was born in the town of Bethlehem - which was part of Judah's inheritance.
Caleb wanted a particular tract of land (Hebron, Arba) which was inhabited by giants (as explained in chapter 14). He defeated the three giants which inhabited the land and took the place according to God's promise.
If God has shown you that a certain thing is yours because of His promise, then fight to obtain it and retain it! He HAS show Christians that we can HAVE: peace (Philippians 4:6-7), joy & patience (Galatians 5:22), and so many other things. Too often we fail to contend for these spiritual rewards of faith in Christ.

15 And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher. 16 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. 17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.

Caleb offered his daughter to the man who would conquer Debir. Othniel, his brother's son, completed the task and was given Caleb's daughter, Achsah, in marriage. We should see to it that our children marry godly and courageous people.
The city itself (Debir) is different from the one described in Joshua 10:38. The Debir Caleb offered was the one only about 10 miles East of Jerusalem.
Othniel later became one of the "judges" of Israel (Judges 3:9). There is, I believe, a Biblical principal here. Men of courage and character and strength from the Lord CONTINUE to be that way.
Just look back through the Bible and see that exemplified in virtually every person of character and integrity. He/she may stumble, falter, fail miserably at times: but will CONTINUE. That's because when we reach up to God, He grips us in faith. And faith is the power to HOLD ON! Man does not have faith without God. It is a divine empowering of the soul of man that only comes through surrender to God (Ephesians 2:8-9, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11).

18 And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? 19 Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.

This is a very short narrative, but packed with meaning and understanding about our relationship with God our Father.
Aschah had received a grant of land as dowery for her marriage to Othniel. She had asked Othniel to ask her father for the field (verse 18 "...she moved him to ask of her father a field.."). And Caleb graciously granted the request, because NOTHING is to good for a father's children.
Nothing is to good for the Father's childrend either!
Now, what caleb gave at Othniel's request was a field, but it had no water. Then Aschah intervenes. She got off her donkey (in respect for her father). Thi is really interesting, because being ON the donkey represented the fact that she was obedient to her father in the first place. You see, Caleb put her on that donkey to GIVE HER AWAY to Othniel. And Aschah had respected his decision. Whatever HE wanted for her, she believed to be BEST.
THAT'S the way we should feel about our HEAVENLY FATHER too!
As Aschah descended from the donkey in respect and honor for her father, she asked "..a blessing.." By doing this she shows more honor and reverence for her father. She shows himi that she recognizes his GIFT was freely given, and given in love. But now she asks in ADDITION. She asks MORE.
So it is with we Christians. The gift of eternal life in Christ is freely given of God our Father. But we're always coming and asking blessings -- more! And God is always ready to GIVE!
When she asked in reverence, and respect, Caleb gave her not only the upper springs buth the nether (or lower) springs! What a blessing!
This is the way God is with us! His GRACE pours out ABUNDANTLY, exceeding our imaginations, hopes and dreams.

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10)

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families. 21 And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the coast of Edom southward were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur, 22 And Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah, 23 And Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan, 24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth, 25 And Hazor, Hadattah, and Kerioth, and Hezron, which is Hazor, 26 Amam, and Shema, and Moladah, 27 And Hazar-gaddah, and Heshmon, and Bethpalet, 28 And Hazar-shual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah, 29 Baalah, and Iim, and Azem, 30 And Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah, 31 And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah, 32 And Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty and nine, with their villages: 33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah, 34 And Zanoah, and Engannim, Tappuah, and Enam, 35 Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah, 36 And Sharaim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim; fourteen cities with their villages: 37 Zenan, and Hadashah, and Migdalgad, 38 And Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel, 39 Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon, 40 And Cabbon, and Lahmam, and Kithlish, 41 And Gederoth, Bethdagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their villages: 42 Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan, 43 And Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib, 44 And Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages: 45 Ekron, with her towns and her villages: 46 From Ekron even unto the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their villages: 47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof: 48 And in the mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh, 49 And Dannah, and Kirjath-sannah, which is Debir, 50 And Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim, 51 And Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages: 52 Arab, and Dumah, and Eshean, 53 And Janum, and Bethtappuah, and Aphekah, 54 And Humtah, and Kirjath-arba, which is Hebron, and Zior; nine cities with their villages: 55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah, 56 And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah, 57 Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages: 58 Halhul, Bethzur, and Gedor, 59 And Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their villages: 60 Kirjath-baal, which is Kirjath-je'arim, and Rabbah; two cities with their villages: 61 In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah, 62 And Nibshan, and the city of Salt, and Engedi; six cities with their villages.

This is a detailed account of all the cities that were included in Judah's territory. What we should see here, I think, is God's provision for His Anointed -- Christ, Jesus. Judah is the territory from which will come the Messiah. this is one of the largest and most populated areas of Canaan. It is given to the tribe from which will come our Lord and Saviour.

63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

Along with the principal of knowing that if God has promised, we can have, comes another principal. We must also understand there are some things God does not provide us. They are things that we must see the next generations receive.
The Jebusites controlled the city of Jerusalem, and Judah could not conquer them. They did take part of the city, but could not take CONTROL of it.
Later, David conquered the whole city of Jerusalem and got rid of the Jebusites (2Samuel 5:6-7).
My friends, Christians are not to conquer the world, we are to carry the gospel to the world! Jesus will conquer the world!

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