Both in Chapters 16 and 17, once again the Israelites did not expel all the peoples in the land that they took, which would again cause trouble down the road. Oh how much better our lives would be if we always did what God wanted us to do.
Our good, good Father has very wise reasons for the things He asks us to do and asks us not to do. As a parent myself, I have had to put certain rules in place for our boys that they did not understand as being beneficial to them at the time. But later they understood. For example, in Leviticus, God outlined a number of regulations for His people. I am confident many of those regulations did not make complete sense at the time, namely the regulations dealing with unclean foods, dealing with mildew, etc. We know now that those regulations have enormous benefits for people. The only explanation for those regulations being recorded at that time, long before scientists understood the “why” behind them, was an all knowing God who was loving enough to pass them on to His people.
Scripture is filled with great Fatherly expectations for how we can best lead our lives. This is both for our own benefit, as well as for the benefit of others. And of course it honors God as well. Such expectations include honoring our parents, keeping our marriages pure, and helping others.
What an amazing God we serve. A God that not only created us, but also provided us a guide that helps us to know the best way to live our lives, in ways that we maybe would have never even considered. And certainly in ways that go against culture, and even our own nature at times.
Encouraging verse of the day:
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!
You can read or listen to today’s Bible passage at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+16-18&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s passage will be Joshua 19-21 on our adventure through the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan