1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __Joshua 19:24-48
Focal verse(s): Joshua 19:47: “The territory of the sons of Dan proceeded beyond them; for the sons of Dan went up and fought with Leshem and captured it then they struck it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and settled in it; and they called Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their father.”
The tribe of Asher was assigned the Mediterranean coastal lands from Mount Carmel north to Sidon and Tyre, a militarily strategic position to protect Israel against any northern coastal enemies such as the Phoenicians. By the time of King David’s reign, Asher had faded into insignificance, although her tribal identity was not lost. When Jesus was born, Anna the prophetess and Simeon who gave thanks for his birth were both from the tribe of Asher (Luke 2: 36-38). The tribe of Naphtali had the land adjacent to Asher on the east, bordered by the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. These lands were not significant during the Old Testament days, but became very important during the Galilean ministry of Jesus which was centered there. The tribe of Dan received the least desirable portion of land, which included seventeen towns, surrounded by Ephraim and Benjamin on the north and east and by Judah on the south. This original location was not only too small, but later the Amorites would attack and take most of this territory (Judges 1:34). The majority of the tribe would move far to the north, attacking and settling in the city of Leshem opposite the northern sector of Naphta1i, renaming the city Dan (Judges 18; Genesis 49:17). So the tribes were all provided land by the Lord, and were to allow their faith in God to sustain them just as believers are to do today. On the previous devotional trip we read prophesies from Isaiah and Jeremiah about God’s promises to Israel to re-gather them as a nation. Turn to Ezekiel and see what God said through this prophet about this same subject: Ezekiel 11:17; 20:34,41-42; 34:11-13; 36:24,28, 33-38; 37:1-14,21-22; 39:25-28.