Ever had a task to do? Ever had work to complete? Did you do your part? Have you noticed God will keep His Word and do His part? Will you finish or leave it partially or even mostly done? Do you realize the impact? It’s your choice, so choose wisely!
Today’s reading speaks to this topic…
1Now these are the portions that Bnei-Yisrael possessed in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the kohen and Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the ancestral houses of the tribes of Bnei-Yisrael apportioned to them. 2Their inheritance was by the lot, as Adonai had commanded by Moses’ hand, for the nine tribes and half-tribe. 3For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe across the Jordan. But he gave no inheritance to the Levites among them. 4For the children of Joseph became two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. They gave no portion to the Levites in the land, except towns to live in, with their pasturelands around them for their livestock and for their cattle. 5As Adonai had commanded Moses, so Bnei-Yisrael did, and apportioned the land.
Caleb Inherits Hebron
6Then the children of Judah approached Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word that Adonai had spoken to Moses the man of God at Kadesh-barnea concerning me and you. 7I was 40 years old when Moses the servant of Adonai sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him back word as it was in my heart. 8Nevertheless, my fellows that went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear, but I fully followed Adonai my God. 9So Moses swore on that day saying: ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have fully followed Adonai my God.’ 10So now behold, Adonai has kept me alive, just as He said, these 45 years, since the time that Adonai spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness, and now behold, I am 85 years old today. 11I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me—as my strength was then, so is my strength now, for war and for going out and coming in. 12Now therefore, give me this hill country about which Adonai spoke on that day. For you heard on that day how the Anakim were there as well as great, fortified cities. Perhaps Adonai will be with me, and I will drive them out, just as Adonai has spoken.” 13So Joshua blessed him, and he assigned Hebron to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his portion. 14Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he followed Adonai the God of Israel fully. 15Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba, for Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. Then the land had rest from war.
–from Joshua 14
Don’t doubt God! Don’t be a neighsayer! Be a believer and walk out God’s call in faith! Do your part and allow God to take care of the rest! Will you allow obedience to lead you into the reward God promises?
Inheritance of Judah
1Now the allotment for the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families was as far as the border of Edom, southward to the wilderness of Zin at the extreme south. 2Their southern border was from the lower end of the Salt Sea, from the bay projecting southward. 3Then it proceeded south of the Ascent of Akrabbim and passed on to Zin, and then went up by the south of Kadesh-barnea and passed on to Hezron, and went up to Addar and turned toward Karka. 4It passed along to Azmon and went on to the Wadi of Egypt, where the border ended at the sea—this will be your southern border. 5The eastern border is the Salt Sea to the end of the Jordan. The border on the northern side was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan. 6It then went up to Beth-hoglah and passed north of Beth-arabah, and went up to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 7The border then went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and turned northward toward Gilgal, facing the Ascent of Adummim, which is south of the wadi. Next the border passed along to the waters of En-shemesh and ended at En-rogel. 8Then the border went up the Valley of Ben-hinnom to the southern flank of the Jebusites—that is, Jerusalem—and went up to the top of the mountain that flanks the Hinnom Valley to the west, which is at the northern end of the Rephaim Valley. 9From the top of the mountain the border curved to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah and went out to the towns of Mount Ephron, then curved to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim). 10From Baalah the border turned westward to Mount Seir, passed along to the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon) and went down to Beth-shemesh, then passed Timnah. 11Next the border went out to the slope north of Ekron, then went out to Shikkeron, passed along to Mount Baalah, went on to Jabneel, and the border ended at the sea. 12The western border was the Great Sea and its coastline. These were the borders around the children of Judah according to their clans. 13Now to Caleb son of Jephunneh he gave a portion among the children of Judah, at the command of Adonai to Joshua—Kiriath-arba, which is Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). 14So Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, children of Anak. 15Then he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir (now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher). 16Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Achsah as a wife to the one who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it.” 17So Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s kinsman, captured it, so he gave him his daughter Achsah as a wife. 18Now it came about when she came to him, that she persuaded Othniel to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her: “What do you need?” 19“Give me a blessing,” she said. “For you have given me land in the Negev, you should also give me springs of water.” So he gave her the Upper Springs and the Lower Springs. 20This is the portion of the tribe of the children of Judah by their clans: 21the towns at the end of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the border of Edom in the south were Kavzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), 26Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet, 28Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30El-tolad, Chesil, Hormah, 31Ziklag, Madmanna h, Sansannah, 32Lebaot, Shilhim, Ain and Rimmon—a total of 29 towns, with their villages. 33In the lowland: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34Zanoach, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah and Gederothaim—14 towns with their villages. 37Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad, 38Dilan, Mizpeh, Joktheel, 39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40Cabbon, Lahmas, Chithlish, 41Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah and Makkedah— 16 towns with their villages. 42Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44Keilah, Achzib and Mareshah—9 towns with their villages. 45Ekron with its towns and villages; 46from Ekron to the sea, all that were under Ashdod’s hand, with their villages, 47Ashdod, its dependencies and its villages; Gaza, its dependencies and its villages, all the way to the Wadi of Egypt and the coastline of the Great Sea. 48In the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir), 50Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51Goshen, Holon and Giloh—11 towns with their villages. 52Arab, Rumah, Eshan, 53Janum, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior—9 towns with their villages. 55Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57Kayin, Gibeah and Timnah—10 towns with their villages; 58Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor, 59Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon—6 towns with their villages. 60Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah—2 towns with their villages. 61In the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62 Nibshan, the City of Salt and En-gedi—6 towns with their villages. 63As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out. So the Jebusites continue to live among the children of Judah in Jerusalem to this day.
–from Joshua 15
Step up and step into all that God is calling you to be and to do! Complete the work so that you won’t have the nuisance or the pain of a job half or partially done! Imagine life today if the Israelites had of completed the work and hadn’t left the remnant to be a pain in their side. Imagine in your life if you had of completed the work rather than just partially finished it! Where would you be now?
Let’s be thankful for what we have and rejoice in the Lord always! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength! Let’s allow our words and our actions to proclaim the goodness of God through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!
1Paul and Timothy, slaves of Messiah Yeshua, To all the kedoshim in Messiah Yeshua who are in Philippi with the overseers and servant-leaders: 2Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Thanksgiving and Prayers of Joy
3I thank my God at every memory of you, 4always praying with joy in every prayer of mine for you all, 5because of your sharing in the Good News from the first day until now. 6I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah Yeshua. 7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart—for you all are partakers of grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Messiah Yeshua. 9Now this I pray, that your love might overflow still more and more in knowledge and depth of discernment, 10in order to approve what is excellent—so that in the Day of Messiah you may be sincere and blameless, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Yeshua the Messiah, to the glory and praise of God.
Even in Chains, Proclaiming Messiah
12Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advancement of the Good News. 13And so my imprisonment in the cause of Messiah has become well known throughout the whole Praetorian Guard and to everyone else. 14Because of my imprisonment, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord to dare more than ever to speak the message fearlessly. 15Some are proclaiming the Messiah out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. 16The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News. 17The former proclaim Messiah not sincerely, but out of selfishness—expecting to stir up trouble for me in my imprisonment. 18But what does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in dishonesty or in truth, Messiah is being proclaimed—and in this I rejoice! Yes, and I will keep rejoicing,
To Live Is Messiah
19for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance, through your intercession and the help of the Ruach of Messiah Yeshua. 20My eager expectation and hope is that in no way will I be put to shame, but that with complete boldness Messiah will even now, as always, be exalted in my body—whether through life or through death. 21For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain. 22But if to live on in the body means fruit from my work, what shall I choose? I do not know. 23I am torn between the two—having a desire to leave and be with Messiah, which is far better; 24yet for your sake, to remain in the body is more necessary. 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith— 26so that your confidence in Messiah Yeshua might overflow because of me through my coming to you again. 27Only live your lives in a manner worthy of the Good News of the Messiah. Then, whether I come and see you or I am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit—striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the Good News 28and not being frightened in any way by your opponents. For them this is a sign of destruction, but for you salvation—and that from God. 29For to you was granted for Messiah’s sake not only to trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake— 30experiencing the same struggle you saw in me and now you are hearing in me.
–from Philippians 1