Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000510
00:16 Hello, and welcome to HIS WORDS ARE LIFE.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and thank you for joining again with me
00:21 to read God's Word together.
00:22 Let's pray before we start. Dear God thank you so much
00:27 for the wonderful truth that is in your Word.
00:31 Please open our eyes to see the lessons that you have for us
00:34 to learn today. We love you. Amen.
00:37 When we left off we were getting into one of my favorite stories
00:42 in the Bible. It's the story of Caleb.
00:44 He was one of the original 12 spies, sent over to Canaan.
00:48 He was 40 years old when he came back and he and Joshua
00:51 were the only two who were encouraging Moses
00:55 and the Israelites that God is with us and we can take
00:58 this land because of His power. The other ten spies were afraid
01:01 they saw the giants and they were thinking it was just
01:05 too much for them, and so God sent the Israelites
01:07 and those ten spies into the wilderness to wander
01:11 until they all passed away. He said, You won't inherit
01:15 this land because you didn't believe in my power.
01:17 Only Caleb and Joshua will go in to take the promised land
01:20 that I have brought you to, and so now,
01:23 Caleb was 40 years old at that point. Now he is 85.
01:28 Forty five years had gone by. And we come to the point
01:31 in the story where Joshua is now leading the children of Israel.
01:34 Moses had died. And Joshua is dividing the inheritance
01:38 among the children of Israel. And Caleb comes to Joshua,
01:42 and he says, Remember? The Lord had promised something to me.
01:46 He said, I was 40 years old when we went into that land,
01:49 and now I am 85. We're going to pick up now in Caleb's speech
01:53 to Joshua, in the book of Joshua, chapter 14,
01:57 we're going to pick up in verse 11.
02:00 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses
02:06 sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now
02:11 for war, both to go out, and to come in.
02:15 And now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake
02:20 in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims
02:24 were there and that the cities were great and fenced:
02:27 if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able
02:31 to drive them out, as the Lord said.
02:34 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb
02:39 the son of Jephunneh, Hebron for an inheritance.
02:42 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb,
02:45 the son of Jephunneh, the Kenezite unto this day,
02:48 because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.
02:53 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba;
02:59 which Arba was a great man among the Anakims.
03:01 And the land had rest from war.
03:04 We're going to skip ahead a few chapters now because from Joshua
03:11 15 up until Joshua 21, it is the dividing of the inheritance
03:16 among the tribes and the setting of the various borders
03:19 for each tribe. We're going to pick up our reading
03:22 in Joshua chapter 21, verse 43.
03:26 Again, we're picking up in Joshua chapter 21, verse 43.
03:31 And this is the King James Version.
03:32 And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to
03:38 give unto their fathers; and they possessed it,
03:40 and dwelt therein. And the Lord gave them rest round about,
03:45 according to all that he sware unto their fathers:
03:48 and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them;
03:51 the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
03:54 There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord
03:58 had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
04:02 We're continuing now with Joshua chapter 22.
04:05 Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites,
04:10 and the half tribe of Manasseh, And said unto them,
04:12 Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord
04:15 commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded
04:19 you: Ye have not left your brethren these many days
04:22 unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment
04:24 of the Lord your God. And now the Lord your God hath given
04:28 rest unto your brethren, as he promised them:
04:31 therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents,
04:35 and unto the land of your possession,
04:37 which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side
04:40 Jordan. But take diligent heed to do the commandment
04:44 and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you,
04:47 to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways,
04:51 and to keep his commandments and to cleave unto him.
04:54 and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
04:58 So Joshua blessed them and sent them away:
05:01 and they went unto their tents.
05:03 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given
05:07 possession in Bashan: but unto the other half thereof
05:10 gave Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan
05:13 westward. And when Joshua sent them away also unto their tents,
05:17 then he blessed them, and he spake unto them, saying,
05:20 Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much
05:24 cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass,
05:27 and with iron, and with very much raiment:
05:29 divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
05:32 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad
05:34 and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed
05:37 from the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land
05:40 of Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead,
05:43 to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed,
05:46 according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
05:48 And when they came unto the borders of Jordan,
05:51 that are in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben
05:54 and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh
05:57 built there an altar by Jordan, a great altar to see to.
06:01 And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of
06:05 Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh
06:08 have built an altar over against the land of Canaan,
06:12 in the borders of Jordan, at the passage
06:14 of the children of Israel. And when the children of Israel
06:17 heard of it, the whole congregation of the children
06:19 of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh to go up
06:23 to war against them. And the children of Israel sent unto
06:28 the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad,
06:30 and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of
06:32 Gilead, Phineas the son of Eleazar the priest,
06:35 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince
06:39 throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was
06:43 an head of the house of their fathers among the thousands
06:46 of Israel. And they came unto the children of Reuben,
06:49 and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh,
06:52 unto the land of Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,
06:55 Thus saith the whole congregation of the Lord,
06:58 What trespass is this that ye have committed against God
07:02 of Israel, to turn away this day from following the Lord,
07:05 in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel
07:09 this day against the Lord? Is the iniquity of Peor to little
07:13 for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day,
07:15 although there was a plague in the congregation of the Lord,
07:18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the Lord?
07:21 and it will be, seeing ye rebel today against the Lord,
07:25 that tomorrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation
07:28 of Israel. Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession
07:32 be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession
07:36 of the Lord, wherein the Lord's tabernacle dwelleth,
07:39 and take possession among us: but rebel not against the Lord,
07:43 nor rebel against us, in building you an altar
07:46 outside the altar of the Lord our God. Did not Achan
07:50 the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing,
07:53 and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel?
07:55 and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
07:58 Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad
08:01 and the half tribe of Manasseh answered, and said
08:05 unto the heads of the thousands of Israel, the Lord God of gods,
08:10 the Lord God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel
08:13 he shall know; if it be in rebellion or if in transgression
08:18 against the Lord, save us not this day,
08:21 that we have built us an altar to turn from following the Lord,
08:25 or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering,
08:29 or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the Lord himself
08:33 require it; and if we have not rather done it for fear
08:37 of this thing, saying, In time to come your children
08:39 might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do
08:43 with the Lord God of Israel? For the Lord hath made
08:46 Jordan a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben
08:49 and children of Gad; ye have no part in the Lord:
08:50 so shall your children make our children cease from
08:54 fearing the Lord. Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to
08:58 build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
09:01 but that it may be a witness between us, and you,
09:04 and our generations after us, that we might do the service
09:07 of the Lord before him with our burnt offerings,
09:09 and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings;
09:11 that your children may not say to our children in time to come,
09:15 Ye have no part in the Lord. Therefore said we,
09:18 that it shall be, when they should so say to us
09:20 or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again,
09:25 behold the pattern of the altar of the Lord,
09:28 which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings,
09:31 nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.
09:35 God forbid that we should rebel against the Lord,
09:38 and turn this day from following the Lord,
09:40 to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings
09:43 or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the Lord our God
09:46 that is before his tabernacle. And when Phinehas, the priest,
09:51 and the princes of the congregation and heads of
09:53 the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words
09:57 that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad
09:59 and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased them.
10:02 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest
10:05 said unto the children of Reuben,
10:07 and to the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh,
10:09 This day we perceive that the Lord is among us,
10:13 because ye have not committed this trespass against the Lord:
10:16 now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of the
10:19 Lord. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,
10:22 and the princes, returned from the children of Reuben,
10:24 and from the children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead,
10:27 unto the land of Canaan to the children of Israel,
10:30 and brought them word again. And the thing pleased
10:33 the children of Israel, and the children of Israel blessed God,
10:36 and did not intend to go up against them in battle,
10:38 to destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben
10:41 and Gad dwelt. And the children of Reuben and the children of
10:44 Gad called the alter Ed:
10:47 for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is God.
10:52 We're continuing now with chapter 23 of the book of Joshua
10:57 and this is the King James Version.
10:58 And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given
11:04 rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about,
11:07 that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.
11:12 And Joshua called for all Israel and for their elders,
11:16 and for their heads, and for their judges,
11:18 and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken
11:23 in age: and ye have seen all that the Lord your God
11:26 hath done unto all these nations because of you;
11:29 for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you.
11:33 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain
11:38 to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan
11:42 with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea
11:45 westward, and the Lord your God, he shall expel them
11:49 from before you, and drive them from out of your sight;
11:53 and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God
11:57 hath promised unto you. Be ye therefore very courageous
12:01 to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law
12:05 of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom, to the right hand,
12:09 or to the left; that ye come not among the nations,
12:13 these that remain among you; neither make mention
12:17 of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them,
12:20 neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
12:23 But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done
12:27 unto this day. For the Lord hath driven out from before you
12:31 great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able
12:36 to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase
12:40 a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth
12:44 for you as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore
12:49 unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.
12:52 Else if ye do in any wise go back and cleave unto
12:57 the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you
13:00 and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them,
13:04 and they to you: Know for a certainty that the Lord your God
13:08 will no more drive out any of these nations from before you;
13:11 but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges
13:16 in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish
13:19 from off this land which the Lord your God has given you.
13:22 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth:
13:25 and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls,
13:28 that not one thing hath failed of all the good things
13:32 which the Lord your God spake concerning you;
13:34 all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed
13:39 thereof. Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things
13:44 are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you;
13:46 so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have
13:50 destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God
13:52 hath given you. When ye have transgressed the covenant
13:56 of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and have gone
13:59 and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them;
14:02 then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you,
14:06 and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land
14:09 which he hath given you. Thank you for joining with me
14:13 to read God's word today. Until we come together
14:16 again, may we be encouraged by Caleb's example,
14:20 to wait patiently until the promise of the Lord
14:22 is fulfilled in our lives, and encouraged by the word of
14:25 Joshua to obey every word that he has given,
14:27 because of our love for Him and his love for us.
14:30 Thank you for being with me and please join me again next time
14:33 to read God's word.