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Day 87 – God Keeps His Promises


Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we read lists and names of places and things. These are more than just lists, they are historical records that touch God’s interaction with his people. The Lord is faithful to us and this is shown by the promises he keeps through multiple generations.

Do we keep our promises to others? In our lives, we are spending our time striving and battling. Sometimes this is what we have been called to do; but there are times we strive and battle against the Lord as well.

I like Psalm 131 it is a prayer of humble trust and sometimes, especially today for me, is important.

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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 19

1 The second lot to come out was for Simeon, for the tribe of the sons of Simeon, by clans; their heritage was within the heritage of the sons of Judah.

2 As heritage, they received:

3 Beersheba, Shema, Moladah,

4 Hazar-Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah,

5 Ziklag, Beth-ha-Marcaboth, Hazar-Susa,

6 Beth-Lebaoth and Sharuhen: thirteen towns and their villages.

7 Ain, Rimmon, Ether and Ashan: four towns and their villages,

8 with all the villages situated near these towns as far as Baalath-Beer and Ramah of the Negeb. Such was the heritage of the tribe of the sons of Simeon, by clans.

9 The heritage of the sons of Simeon was taken out of the portion of the sons of Judah, because the share of the sons of Judah was too large for them; hence, the sons of Simeon received their heritage within the heritage of the sons of Judah.

10 The third lot fell to the sons of Zebulun, by clans; the territory of their heritage stretched as far as Sadud;

11 their frontier climbed westwards to Maraalah, touching Dabbesheth and the torrent facing Jokneam.

12 From Sadud, the frontier turned east, towards the rising sun, as far as the frontier of Chisloth-Tabor; it came out at Dobrath and went up to Japhia.

13 Thence, it went east, towards the sunrise, to Gath-Hepher and Ittah-Kazin, came out at Rimmon and turned towards Neah.

14 The northern frontier turned towards Hannathon and came to an end in the Valley of Iphtah-El;

15 with Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Iralah and Bethlehem: twelve towns with their villages.

16 Such was the heritage of the sons of Zebulun, by clans: these towns with their villages.

17 The fourth lot came out for Issachar, for the sons of Issachar, by clans.

18 Their territory stretched towards Jezreel and included Chesulloth, Shunem,

19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath,

20 Dobrath, Kishion, Ebez,

21 Remeth, En-Gannim, En-Haddah and Beth-Pazzez.

22 Their frontier touched Tabor, Shahazimah and Beth-Shemesh, and the frontier came to an end at the Jordan: sixteen towns with their villages.

23 Such was the heritage of the tribe of the sons of Issachar, by clans: the towns and their villages.

24 The fifth lot came out for the tribe of the sons of Asher, by clans.

25 Their territory included Helkath, Hali, Beten, Achshaph,

26 Alammelech, Amad and Mishal.

27 On the west, it touched Carmel and the course of the Libnath. On the side of the rising sun, it went as far as Beth-Dagon, touched Zebulun, the Valley of Iphtah-El on the north side, Beth-ha-Emek and Neiel, coming out with Cabul on the left,

28 with Abdon, Rehob, Hammon and Kanah as far as Sidon the Great. The frontier then turned towards Ramah, as far as the fortress-town of Tyre;

29 the frontier then went to Hosah and reached as far as the sea at Mahalab and Achzib,

30 with Acco, Aphek and Rehob: twenty-two towns with their villages.

31 Such was the heritage of the tribe of the sons of Asher, by clans; these towns and their villages.

32 To the sons of Naphtali fell the sixth portion, to the sons of Naphtali, by clans.

33 Their frontier went from Heleph and the Oak of Zanaannim, with Adami-ha-Negeb and Jabneel, as far as Lakkum, and ended at the Jordan.

34 The westward boundary ran to Aznoth-Tabor and thence came out at Hukkok, marching with Zebulun in the south, Asher in the west and the Jordan in the east.

35 The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Chinnereth,

36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor,

37 Kedesh, Edrei, En-Hazor,

38 Jiron, Migdal-El, Horem, Beth-Anath and Beth-Shemesh: nineteen towns and their villages.

39 Such was the heritage of the sons of Naphtali, by clans: the towns and their villages.

40 To the tribe of the sons of Dan, by clans, fell the seventh portion.

41 The territory of their heritage comprised: Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir-Shemesh,

42 Shaalbim, Aijalon, Silatha,

43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron,

44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon,

45 Baalath, Azor, Bene-Berak and Gath-Rimmon;

46 and, by the sea, Jerakon with the territory facing Jaffa.

47 The territory of the sons of Dan eluded them, however, and the sons of Dan consequently went up and attacked Leshem, captured it and put it to the sword. Having gained possession of it, they settled there and called Leshem, Dan, after Dan their ancestor.

48 Such was the heritage of the tribe of the sons of Dan, by clans: these towns and their villages.

49 Having finished dividing the country, frontier by frontier, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun a heritage among themselves;

50 at Yahweh’s command, they gave him the town which he had asked for, Timnath-Serah in the highlands of Ephraim; he rebuilt the town and settled there.

51 Such are the heritages which the priest Eleazar, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of each family apportioned by lot between the tribes of Israel at Shiloh, in Yahweh’s presence, at the door of the Tent of Meeting; and thus the apportioning of the country was completed.

Joshua 20

1 Yahweh said to Joshua,

2 ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them, “Choose yourselves the cities of refuge of which I spoke to you through Moses,

3 to which anyone who has accidentally (unintentionally) killed someone else may flee, and which will serve you as refuge from the avenger of blood.

4 (The killer must flee to one of these towns. He will stop at the entrance to the town gate and explain his case to the town elders. These will admit him to their town and assign him a place to live among them.

5 If the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not hand the killer over to him, since he has killed his fellow unintentionally and was not motivated by long-standing hatred for him.

6 He must stay in this town) until he is brought to trial before the community (until the death of the high priest then in office. Only then may the killer go back to his own town and to his own house in the town from which he has fled).”

7 For this purpose they designated Kedesh in Galilee, in the highlands of Naphtali, Shechem in the highlands of Ephraim, and Kiriath-Arba — now Hebron — in the highlands of Judah.

8 On the other, eastern, side of the Jordan opposite Jericho, in the desert of the tableland, they chose Bezer of the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan of the tribe of Manasseh.

9 Such were the towns designated for all the Israelites and for foreigners living among them, so that anyone who had accidentally killed someone could flee there and might escape the hand of the avenger of blood, until brought to trial before the community.

Joshua 21

1 The heads of families of the Levites then came to the priest, Eleazar, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of families of the tribes of Israel-

2 they were then at Shiloh in Canaan. They said to them, ‘Through Moses, Yahweh ordered us to be given towns to live in, with their pasture lands for our livestock.’

3 In compliance with Yahweh’s order, the Israelites consequently and from their own heritage gave the Levites the following towns with their pasture lands:

4 Lots were cast for the clans of the Kohathites: to those Levites who were sons of Aaron the priest, fell thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin;

5 to the other sons of Kohath, by clans,

6 fell ten towns from the tribes of Ephraim, Dan, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. To the sons of Gershon, by clans, fell thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

7 To the sons of Merari, by clans, fell twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.

8 The Israelites assigned these towns and their pasture lands to the Levites by lot, as Yahweh had ordered through Moses.

9 From the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Simeon, they gave the towns named below.

10 The first portion was for the sons of Aaron, belonging to the clans of the Kohathites, to the sons of Levi, since the first lot was theirs.

11 They gave them Kiriath-Arba, Anak’s father’s town — now Hebron — in the highlands of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands.

12 The fields and villages of this town, however, they gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his property.

13 To the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, as well as Libnah with its pasture lands,

14 Jattir with its pasture lands, Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,

15 Holon with its pasture lands, Debir with its pasture lands,

16 Ashan with its pasture lands, Juttah with its pasture lands, and Beth-Shemesh with its pasture lands: nine towns taken from these two tribes;

17 and, from the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,

18 Anathoth with its pasture lands and Almon with its pasture lands: four towns.

19 Total number of towns for the priests, the sons of Aaron: thirteen towns with their pasture lands.

20 As regards the clans of the sons of Kohath, those Levites still left of the sons of Kohath, the towns of their lot were taken from the tribe of Ephraim.

21 They were given Shechem, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, in the highlands of Ephraim, as well as Gezer with its pasture lands,

22 Kibzaim with its pasture lands, and Beth-Horon with its pasture lands: four towns;

23 from the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,

24 Aijalon with its pasture lands and Gath-Rimmon with its pasture lands: four towns;

25 and, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach with its pasture lands and Jibleam with its pasture lands: two towns.

26 In all: ten towns with their pasture lands for the remaining clans of the sons of Kohath.

27 To the sons of Gershon, of the levitical clans, were given: from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, and Ashtaroth with its pasture lands — two towns;

28 from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with its pasture lands, Dobrath with its pasture lands,

29 Jarmuth with its pasture lands and En-Gannim with its pasture lands — four towns;

30 from the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,

31 Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands — four towns;

32 and, from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, Hammoth-Dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands — three towns.

33 Total number of towns of the Gershonites, by clans: thirteen towns with their pasture lands.

34 To the clans of the sons of Merari, the remainder of the Levites, fell: from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasture lands, Kartah with its pasture lands,

35 Rimmon with its pasture lands and Nahalal with its pasture lands — four towns;

36 on the other side of the Jordan opposite Jericho, from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the desert, on the tableland, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, Jahaz with its pasture lands,

37 Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands — four towns;

38 and, from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead, a city of refuge for those who had killed, with its pasture lands, Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

39 Heshbon with its pasture lands and Jazer with its pasture lands — four towns.

40 Total number of towns forming the lot of the sons of Merari by clans, of the remaining levitical clans: twelve towns.

41 The total number of towns for the Levites in Israelite territory was forty-eight towns with their pasture lands.

42 These towns consisted in each case of the town itself and the pasture land round it. This was the case with all the towns.

43 This was how Yahweh gave the Israelites the entire country which he had sworn to give to their ancestors. They took possession of it and settled in it.

44 Yahweh granted them tranquillity on all their frontiers just as he had sworn to their ancestors and, of all their enemies, not one succeeded in resisting them. Yahweh put all their enemies at their mercy.

45 Of all the promises that Yahweh had made to the House of Israel, not one failed; all were fulfilled.

Psalm 131

1 [Song of Ascents] Yahweh, my heart is not haughty, I do not set my sights too high. I have taken no part in great affairs, in wonders beyond my scope.

2 No, I hold myself in quiet and silence, like a little child in its mother’s arms, like a little child, so I keep myself.

3 Let Israel hope in Yahweh henceforth and for ever.


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