Joshua Chapter Fifteenth 



Introduction: A key idea in Joshua is that God blesses obedience. Today, we hope to continue our discussion of the division of Canaan.

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Body:

Read Joshua 15:1-19

2. Inheritance of Judah (14:6-15:63; continued). The boundaries of the land given to Judah are described. Caleb was successful in conquering the people who were yet on the land given to him.

Caleb gives his daughter in marriage to what turns out to be her cousin.  Land and springs of water are given to the couple.

In vss. 20-63, there is an impressive list of the various towns given to the people of Judah. Each clan was to receive some of the land. The Jebusites were not completely destroyed nor driven out.

Applications -

- Prioritize living over pronouncing. Notice in vss. 1-12, 20-63 that the function of the tongue twisting names is more important than the pronunciation of the tongue twisting names.

There are some who may say that I would study the Bible more, but I cannot pronounce all of the names. Or they may be distracted by those who butcher the pronunciation of the names.

First, we should be more concerned with the function of the word than the pronunciation. Knowing that numerous cities were given to God’s people, after they obeyed the Lord, is more important than pronouncing the name of the city.

Second, if you have a passion for learning how to pronounce the names, there are books like A Guide to Pronouncing Biblical Names by T. S. K. Scott-Craig (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1982).

And then if you go to websites like BibleGateway.com, you can type in the scripture that you want to read, click the speaker icon, and the website will read the text for you.

Let’s work on giving more attention to living by the meaning of the text, instead of being distracted by pronouncing insignificant words.

- God has enough. Notice in vss. 1-12, 20-63 of Joshua that God has more than enough blessings for His people, especially after they do their part. First, we should not think that God is running out of blessings.

God has some blessings that we have not even seen yet. God is able to take from the wicked and give to the righteous. And God can create more of whatever He wants us to have.

Second, “doing our part” includes working together and trusting God’s timing. There are too many who want to do their individual things and give half hearted effort to working with the rest of God’s people.

And there are too many who try to hurry God, when we just have to wait. Let’s work on doing our part and trusting God to bless His people, as He sees fit.

- Additional work. Notice in vss. 13-15 that Caleb’s blessings required some additional work. In like manner, we may have to do some extra work. 

For example, we may have to work an extra job, earn more credentials, or give extra energy to keeping our minds focused on God and His will - in order to have the blessings that we want to have. 

Let’s work on discerning and doing what needs to be done to have what God wants us to have. 

- Marriage affairs. Notice in vss.  16-17 of Joshua that Caleb got some help to do the extra work needed. He was a part of arranging his daughter’s marriage to her cousin. 

First, there is some wisdom in knowing when to get some help. Too many miss out because they have too much pride or too little people skills to ask for help. 

Second, on one hand, arranged marriages do allow for some more mature people to help discern issues like compatibility, instead of simply being infatuated by a person’s charm. 

On the other hand, an arranged marriage in our current US culture is not very likely. But we should at least help our young people discern compatibility issues (e.g., goals, plans, values, spirituality, etc.), instead of making life long commitments based on infatuation. 

Third, as for first cousins marrying each other, this is another matter that will not work too well in our US culture. Not only is there a social stigma to such, but there is also research that suggests the babies are at risk from such marriages because of genes. 

Fourth, at least they should be given some credit for getting married, instead of just living with one another (i.e., shacking). There are too many who claim to be in love and therefore live with one another in an exclusive relationship but refuse to make a marriage commitment. 

Passages like I Corinthians 7:9 teach that it is better to marry than to burn. Let’s work on getting help when needed and handling marriage affairs in godly ways. 

- Generational wealth. Notice in vss. 18-19 that Caleb helped his daughter and son-in-law/nephew by giving them some land, after the daughter requested such. 

First, there is something to be said for passing wealth on from one generation to the next. Couched in this idea is the responsibility to help teach and train our children to develop and manage wealth. 

Second, it is good to see that they were given land and not just money. Giving too much money to young people can interrupt the character building that comes from having to work for what they want. 

Third, as in the text, there are times when you need to wait until asked, instead of just volunteer to do what you call “help.” Let’s work on creating generational wealth. We can at very least encourage our young people to earn high, spend low, invest, and pass wealth on. 

- Jebusites. Notice in vs. 63 of Joshua that the Jebusites were not defeated. The reality is that there may be some problems in our lives that will not be defeated in the foreseeable future. We should do the best that we can to get rid of all that God wants us to get rid of. 

We should manage those things that we cannot get rid of, until we can get rid of them. And when we have done our best, we must learn to trust God with the rest. 

Let’s work on doing our best with the Jebusites in our lives. Examples of Jebusites include sinful habits like smoking, lying, or not giving our best in Christian service. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God’s word. God has much for those who obey His will. 

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