Journaling: Joshua 14-17

Speaker: Scott Jarrett | Nov 8, 2020
  1. Though everyone in the covenant community receives a divine inheritance, the quality of our allotment wb determined by several factors: 1) the testimony/witness of our priests and our Joshua (commander-in-chief) (14:1; Heb 13:17; Joh 8:26), 2) God’s larger plan/purpose (14:2-5; Pro 16:33), 3) the faithfulness of our tribal chief (14:6-15:62 [Caleb was the tribal chief of Judah – Num 34:19]; OT tribes or clans = NT churches, tribal chiefs = pastors [“angels”]; Consider Rev 21:12 w/Rev 2-3; This was true for the Josephites also [2nd place allotment – 16:1-17:18] since Joshua [the other faithful member of the original generation – Num 32:12] was from the tribe of Ephraim – Num 13:8).


  1. The resources needed for ministry and worship are provided by the covenant community (14:4).


  1. It is the Lord who keeps us alive (14:10; Psa 104:29; Heb 1:3).


  1. Those who “wholly” follow the Lord have strength and success even in their old age (14:9-15, 15:13-14).


  1. Peace – or “rest”, oftentimes requires “war” to achieve (14:15; e.g. The eternal peace to come wb the result of Christ’s universal war and destruction of all evil – 2Th 1:5-10 – “relief”).


  1. Just because something was respectable and permitted in the past, doesn’t mean the same is true today (15:15-17; 1Co 10:23-24; 2Co 8:20).


  1. Failing to “drive out” all the wicked influences in the present will afford us serious trouble and divine curses in the future (15:63, 17:7-13, 12-13 w/Num 33:55-56; 2Jo 1:9-11; 2Co 6:1-7:1 w/11:1-4).


  1. It is not only the desire for wealth – but also peace, that can keep us from inheriting God’s promises (17:13 “forced labor” = A desire for wealth; “Israel grew strong…but did not utterly drive them out” = A desire for peace).

“It is all too easy to fail to possess the possessions God has promised because we either draw back out of fear of the troubles that being a Christian will bring us or we become caught up in the affluent society where people sail their little boats upon this plastic culture.” – Francis Shaeffer (Joshua And The Flow Of Biblical History)


  1. It is the obligation of God’s people to approach their leaders whenever there is a problem, something has been overlooked, mistakes have been made – or simply to remind them of former decisions, since they are neither omniscient, infallible or able to remember everything established or promised in the past (14:6-13, 15:18-19 = The Negeb was dry and needed springs of water to sustain it; 17:1-6 w/Num 26:29-33; 17:14-15).


  1. It is not the obligation of God’s leaders to do all the work required for His people to realize their inheritance (14:12-15, 15:13-14, 17:16-18; Gal 6:5).


  1. History matters: the past brings forth the present and the present the future (14:1-17:18).