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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we have to realize that God’s original plan was peace and harmony within the world and each and every person; however, we see in this broken and divided world, God is commanding war. Why? It is because God has a plan for his holy people and they will be tempted to live as the people around them. If they try to coexist with the pagan nations around them, they won’t fulfill it.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind. Joshua leads his people into battle. The land of Canaanites are not good people and practice child sacrifice. Even though that God commanded earlier to kill all the Canaanites, Joshua didn’t and some inhabitants did remain. Ultimately God seeks reconciliation and not the destruction of all people.

This is especially timely given what the world is facing in Ukraine and the Russian invasion. Let’s pray for peace and harmony in our would and try to live out the harmony God wanted for us.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Joshua 12

1 The kings of the country, whom the Israelites conquered and whose territory they took, on the further, eastern side of the Jordan, from the Wadi Arnon to Mount Hermon, with the entire Arabah to the east, were as follows:

2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon, ruled from Aroer which is on the edge of the Arnon Valley, including the bottom of the valley, half Gilead and as far as the Jabbok, the river forming the frontier with the Ammonites;

3 the eastern Arabah up to the Sea of Chinneroth, and as far as the Sea of the Arabah, or Salt Sea, on the eastern side, in the direction of Beth-Jeshimoth, and, in the south, the watered foothills of Mount Pisgah.

4 Og king of Bashan, one of the last of the Rephaim, who lived at Ashtaroth and Edrei,

5 ruled over Mount Hermon and Salecah, the whole of Bashan to the frontier of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and half Gilead to the frontier of Sihon king of Heshbon.

6 Moses, servant of Yahweh, and the Israelites conquered these, and Moses, servant of Yahweh, conferred their territory on the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

7 The kings of the country whom Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the nearer, western side of the Jordan, from Baal-Gad in the Vale of Lebanon to Mount Halak rising towards Seir, and whose heritage Joshua distributed to the tribes of Israel, dividing it up between them, were as follows:

8 In the highlands and the lowlands, in the Arabah and in the watered foothills, in the desert and in the Negeb, belonging to the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites:

9 the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai near Bethel, one;

10 the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;

11 the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;

12 the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;

13 the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;

14 the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;

15 the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;

16 the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;

17 the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;

18 the king of Aphek, one; the king of Sharon, one;

19 the king of Merom, one; the king of Hazor, one;

20 the king of Shimron Meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;

21 the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;

22 the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one;

23 the king of Dor, on the Slopes of Dor, one; the king of the nations in Galilee, one;

24 the king of Tirzah, one; Total number of all these kings: thirty-one.

Joshua 13

1 Now Joshua had grown old and advanced in years. Yahweh said to him, ‘You are now old and advanced in years, yet there is still a great deal of territory left to be taken possession of.

2 This is all the territory left: ‘All the districts of the Philistines and the whole country of the Geshurites;

3 from the Shihor, facing Egypt, to the frontier of Ekron in the north, is reckoned as Canaanite territory. The five rulers of the Philistineshave their seats at Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron, respectively; the Avvites are in

4 the south. The entire territory of the Canaanites, and Mearah which belongs to the Sidonians, as far as Aphekah and as far as the frontier of the Amorites;

5 and then the country of the Gebalites with the entire Lebanon eastwards from Baal-Gad at the foot of Mount Hermon to the Pass of Hamath.

6 ‘All who live in the highlands from the Lebanon to Misrephoth in the west — all the Sidonians — I myself shall dispossess before the Israelites. All you have to do is to distribute the territory as a heritage for the Israelites as I have ordered you.

7 The time has come to divide this territory as a heritage between the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh: from the Jordan as far as the Great Sea in the west, you must give it them; the Great Sea will be their limit.’

8 As regards the other half-tribe of Manasseh, this and the Reubenites and Gadites had already received their heritage, given them by Moses on the further, eastern side of the Jordan, the one which Moses, servant of Yahweh, had already given them:

9 The country onwards from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Valley, with the town in the bottom of the valley and the entire tableland from Medeba to Dibon;

10 all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had reigned in Heshbon, to the frontier of the Ammonites;

11 then Gilead and the territory of the Geshurites and Maacathites with the whole Hermon range and the whole of Bashan as far as Salecah;

12 and in Bashan, the whole kingdom of Og, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei, and was the last of the survivors of the Rephaim. Moses had conquered and dispossessed these two kings.

13 The Israelites did not, however, dispossess either the Geshurites or the Maacathites, hence Geshur and Maacah survive inside Israel even today.

14 To the tribe of Levi alone no heritage was given; Yahweh, God of Israel, was his heritage, as he had told him.

15 Moses had given the tribe of the sons of Reuben a share by clans.

16 Thus, their territory was the entire tableland from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Valley, with the town in the bottom of the valley, as far as Medeba,

17 Heshbon with all the towns on the tableland: Dibon, Bamoth-Baal, Beth-Baal-Meon,

18 Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath,

19 Kiriathaim, Sibmah and, in the highlands of the Arabah, Zereth-Shahar;

20 Beth-Peor, the watered foothills of Mount Pisgah, Beth-ha-Jeshimoth,

21 all the towns on the tableland and the entire kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had reigned in Heshbon; he had been defeated by Moses, and with him the princes of Midian, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba, vassals of Sihon, formerly living in the country.

22 As regards Balaam son of Beor, the soothsayer, the Israelites had put him to the sword with those whom they had killed.

23 The boundary of the Reubenites was the Jordan and its territory. Such was the heritage of the sons of Reuben, by clans, with the towns and villages belonging to them.

24 Moses had given the tribe of Gad, the sons of Gad, a share by clans.

25 Their territory was Jazer, all the towns of Gilead, half the country of the Ammonites as far as Aroer facing Rabbah,

26 and from Heshbon to Ramath-Mizpeh and Betonim; from Mahanaim as far as the territory of Lo-Debar,

27 and in the valley: Beth-Haram, Beth-Nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon — the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon — the Jordanand the territory running to the tip of the Sea of Chinneroth, on the further, eastern side of the Jordan.

28 Such was the heritage of the sons of Gad, by clans, with their towns and villages belonging to them.

29 Moses had given the half-tribe of Manasseh a share by clans.

30 Their territory, starting from Mahanaim, was the whole of Bashan, the entire kingdom of Og king of Bashan, all the Encampments of Jair in Bashan: sixty towns.

31 Half of Gilead, with Ashtaroth, and Edrei, the royal cities of Og in Bashan, were allotted to the sons of Machir son of Manasseh, to half of the sons of Machir, by clans.

32 This was what Moses had conferred in heritage on the Plains of Moab on the further, eastern side of the Jordan opposite Jericho.

33 To the tribe of Levi, however, Moses gave no heritage; Yahweh, God of Israel, was his heritage, as he had told him.

Joshua 14

1 This was what the Israelites received as their heritage in Canaan, which was given them as their heritage by the priest, Eleazar, and by Joshua son of Nun, with the heads of families of the tribes of Israel.

2 They received their heritage by lot, as Yahweh had ordered through Moses, as regards the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

3 For Moses himself had given the two-and-a-half tribes their heritage on the further side of the Jordan, although to the Levites he had given no heritage with them.

4 Since the sons of Joseph formed two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, no share in the country was given to the Levites, apart from some towns to live in, with their pasture lands for their livestock and their possessions.

5 The Israelites did as Yahweh had ordered Moses, and shared out the country.

6 Some sons of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, ‘You know what Yahweh said to Moses, man of God, at Kadesh-Barnea concerning you and me.

7 I was forty years old when Moses, servant of Yahweh, sent me from Kadesh-Barnea to reconnoitre this country, and I made him a completely honest report.

8 The brothers, however, who had gone up with me discouraged the people, whereas I myself scrupulously obeyed Yahweh my God.

9 That day Moses swore this oath, “Be sure of this, that the country your foot has trodden will be a heritage for you and your children for ever, since you have scrupulously obeyed Yahweh my God.”

10 From then till now, Yahweh has kept me alive in observance of his promise. It is forty-five years since Yahweh said this to Moses — Israel was then going through the desert — and now I am eighty-five years old.

11 Today I am still as strong as the day when Moses sent me out on that errand; for fighting, for going and coming, I am as strong now as then.

12 It is time you gave me the highlands, of which Yahweh spoke to me that day. You heard that day that there were Anakim and large, fortified towns there; but if Yahweh is with me, I shall drive them out, as Yahweh has said.’

13 Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as heritage.

14 And hence Hebron down to the present day has remained the heritage of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, since he had scrupulously obeyed Yahweh, God of Israel.

15 Hebron in olden days was called Kiriath-Arba. Arba had been the greatest of the Anakim. And the country had rest from warfare.

Psalm 129

1 [Song of Ascents] Often as men have attacked me since I was young — let Israel repeat it-

2 often as men have attacked me since I was young, they have never overcome me.

3 On my back ploughmen have set to work, making long furrows,

4 but Yahweh the upright has shattered the yoke of the wicked.

5 Let all who hate Zion be thrown back in confusion,

6 let them be like grass on a roof, dried up before it is cut,

7 never to fill the reaper’s arm nor the binder’s lap.

8 And no passer-by will say, ‘The blessing of Yahweh be on you! ‘We bless you in the name of Yahweh.’

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