April 25: Bound for the Promised Land
Joshua 14:1–15:63; 2 Corinthians 11:16–23; Psalm 54:1–7
Faith is not just about being faithful; it’s also about trusting in God’s faithfulness.
For years God dealt with the confused and waning nature of His people while they were in the wilderness. They wondered, “Will God actually do what Moses has told us?” They had seen God repeatedly act on their behalf, but they continued to grow frightened and faithless. In return, the first generation that left Egypt never saw the promises of God. Instead, a later generation witnessed His faithfulness.
In Joshua 14:1–15:63, we see God fulfilling His words. Caleb and Joshua get a chance to witness this faithfulness, but the Hebrews who doubted that God would act on their behalf did not (Josh 14:6–15; also see Num 13:25–14:45). This is an incredible moment: these two men had watched the failures of their elders and led their peers and people younger than them so that they could witness the faithfulness of God together. You can almost hear them singing, “It is well with my soul.”
Faith is a two-way street. We are to be faithful, but we must also have faith in God’s faithfulness. God will do what He has told us He will do. He will act upon His word like He did with Joshua and Caleb.
We will be able to look back upon the events in our lives and say, as the psalmist does, “I will freely sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Yahweh, because it is good. Because he has delivered me from all trouble” (Psa 54:6–7).
Since we know that day will come, why should we not freely sacrifice to Him now? He will overcome our opposition. Why should we not boldly proclaim, as the old hymn says, “I am bound for the promised land,” and use it as leverage to say, “God will be faithful, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be”?
God has bound us to His faithfulness; Christ’s death and resurrection shows that He blesses us beyond measure. So let’s be bound to God with the knowledge that we are bound for the heavens that He has promised.
In what ways has God been faithful to you? How can these moments be a reminder to you now to be faithful?
JOHN D. BARRY
- These are the places which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the Priest, and Joshua son of Nun and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed to them, By the lot of their inheritance, as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses, to give to the nine tribes, and half tribe. For Moses had given inheritane unto two tribes and an half tribe, beyond jordan; but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them. For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in thel land, save cities to dwell in, with the suburbs of the same for their beasts and their substance. As the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did when they divided the land. Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said unto him, Thou knowest what the Lord said unto Moses the man of God, concerning thee and me in Kadesh Barnea. Forty years old was I, when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to espy the land,, and I brought him word again, as I thought in mine heart. But my brethren that went up with me, dicouraged the heart of the people: yet I followed still the Lord my God. Wherefore Moses swore the same day, saying, Certainly the land whereon thy feet have trodden, shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s forever, because thou hast followed constantly the Lord my God. Therefore behold now, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he promised: this is the forty and fifth year since the Lord spake this thing unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now lo, I am this day four score and five years old: And yet am as strong at this time, as I was when Moses sent me: as strong as I was then, so strong am I now, either for war, or for government. Now therefore give me this mountain whereof the Lord spake in that day (for thou heardest in that day, how the Anakim were there, and the cities great and walled) if so be unto Lord will be with me that I may drive them out, as the Lord said. Then Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh, Hebron for an inheritance. Hebron therefore becaume the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, unto hthis day: because he followed constantly the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron was before time, Kirjath Arba: which Arba was a great man among the Anakim: thus the land ceased from war. This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families: even to the border of Edom and the wilderness of Zin, Southward on the South coast: And their South border was the salt Sea coast, from the point that looketh Southward. And it went out on the South side toward Maaleh Akrabbim, and went along to Zin, and ascended up on the South side unto Kadesh Barnea, and went along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and set a compass Karkaa. From thence went it along to Azmon, and reached unto the river of Egypt, and the end of that coast was on the West side: this shall be your South coast. Aso the East border shall be the salt Sea, unto the end of Jordan: and the border on the North quarter from the point of the Sea, and from the end of Jordan. And this border goeth up to Debir from the valley of Achor, and Northward, turning toward Gilgal, that lieth before the going unto Adummim, which is on the South side of the river: also this border goeth up to the waters of En Shemesh, and endeth at En Rogel. Then this border goeth up to the valley of the son of Hinnom; on the South side of the Jebusites: the same is Jerusalem. Also this border goeth up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the vallley of hinnom Westward, which is by the end of the valley of giants Northward. So this border compasseth from the top of the mountain unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and goeth out to the cities of mount Ephron: and this border drawth to Baalah which is Kirjath Jearim. Then this border compasseth from Baalah Westward unto mount Seir, and goeth along unto the side of mount Jearim, which is Chesalon on the North side: it cometh down to Beth Shemesh, and goeth to Timnah. Also this border goeth out unto the side of Ekron Northward: and this border drawth to Shicron, and goeth along to mount Baalah, and stretcheth unto Jabneel: and the ends of this coast are unto the Sea. And the West border is to the great sea: so this border shall be the bounds of the children of Judah round about, according to their families. And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneth did Joshua give a part among the children of Judah, as the Lord commanded him, even Kirjath Arba of the father of Anak which is in Hebron. And Caleb drove thence three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the sons of Anak. And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir beforetime was Kirjath Sepher. Then Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath Sepher, and taketh it, even to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenz, the brother of Caleb took it: and he gave him Achsah this daughter to wife. And as she went in to him, she moved him, to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass, and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? Then she answered, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me the South country: give me also springs of water. And he gave her the springs above, and the springs beneath. This shall be the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families. And the utmost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah, toward the coasts of Edom Southward were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur, And Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah, And Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan, Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth. And Hazor, Hadattah, and Kerioth, Hezron (which is Hazor.) Amam, and Shema, and Moladah, And Hazar Gaddah, and Heshmon, and Beth Pelet, And Hazar Shual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah, Baalah, and Ijim, and Ezem, And Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah, And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah, And Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all these cities are twenty-nine with their villages. In the low country were Eshtaol, and Zorah, and Ashnah. And Zanoah, and En Gannim, Tappuah, and Enam, Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah, And Sharaim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages. Zenan, and Hadashah, and Migdal Gad, And Dilean, and Mizpah, and Joktheel, Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon, And Cabbon, and Lahmas, and Kithlish, And Gederoth, Beth Dagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages. Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan, And Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib, and Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages. Ekron with her towns and her villages, From Ekron, even unto the Sea, all that lieth about Ashdod with their villages. Ashdod with her towns and her villages: Gaza with her towns and her villages unto the river of Egypt, and the great Sea was their coast. And in the mountains were Shamir, and Jattir, and Sochoh, And Dannah, and Kirjath Arba, (which is Debir.) And Anab, and Eshtemoth, and Anim. And Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages. Arab, and Dumah, and Eshean, And Janum, and Beth Tappauh, and Aphekah, And Humrah, and Kirjath Arba, whic is Hebron) an Zior: nine cities with their villages, Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah, And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah, Kain, Gibeah, and Timmah: ten cities with their villages. Halhul, Beth Zur, and Gedor, And Maarath, and Beth Anoth, and Eltekon: six cities with their villages. Kirjath Baal, which is Kirjath Jearim, and Rabbah: two cities with their villages. In the wilderness were Beth Arabah, Middin, and Secacah, And Nibshan, and the city of salt, and En Gedi: five cities with their villages. Nevertheless, the Jebusites that were the inhabitants of Jerusalem: could not the childre of Judah cast out, but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day. Joshua 14:1–15:63
- But if any man list to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the Churches of God. Now in this that I declare, I praise you not, that ye come together, not with profit, but with hurt. For first of all, when ye come together in the Church, I hear that there are dissensions among you: and I believe it to be true in some part. For there must be heresies even among you, that they which are approved among you, might be known. When ye came together therefore into one place, this is not to eath the Lord’s Supper. For every man when they should eat, taketh his own supper afore, and one is hungry, and another is drunken. Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? despise ye the Church of God, and shame them them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which I have also delivered unto you, to wit, That the Lord Jesus in the night when he was betrayed, took bread. 2 Corinthians 11:16–23
- Save me, O God, by thy Name, and by thy power judge me. O God, hear my prayer: hearken unto the words of my mouth. For strangers are risen up against me, and tyrants seek my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah. Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: Oh cut them off in thy truth! Then I will sacrifice freely unto thee: I will praise thy Name, O Lord, because it is good. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble, and mine eye hath seen my desire upon mine enemies. Psalm 54:1–7