In our last look in Joshua, Joshua 20, we learned about cities for refugees. This chapter we learn about towns for the Levites. Remember that the Levites have received no inheritance as God is somehow their inheritance.
“The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands. Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.” – Joshua 21:41-42
The first 40 verses are simply a listing of which tribes get which lands. In total 48 cities were given to the Levites. That’s 48 cities the people already living in the land were kicked out of. Lovely.
“So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” – Joshua 21:43-45
How nice of the Lord to fulfill his promise of hardening the hearts of innocents and slaughtering the people of the land. God is such a nice Lord filled with peace. ROFL!!!
That concludes Joshua 21. God says he is giving rest to the people. How long will this rest last? How long before there’s more murder and rape? We’ll have to keep reading to find out.
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