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Joshua 1:3-4

06 04 18 - 01:26

Setting the Boundaries

Joshua 1:3-4 

3  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4  From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

God ordained Joshua to be the new leader of Israel in place of the deceased Moses. It was now necessary to convey to him and to confirm the promise made to Moses and the patriarchs. There is a subtle difference in the promise however.

"Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours." In Deuteronomy 11:24 it was a promise for the future. Here, God says that He has already given it to them. Although they had not yet crossed the Jordan, and although they still needed to conquer the Canaanite tribes, the land was theirs.

The Jews today believe that the phrase, "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon..." applies to literally everywhere that their people have lived around the globe. This, of course, is not true. the promise was not without a condition. "For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day."  (Deuteronomy 11:31-32) Israel did not keep God's laws and was  therefore expelled from the land and scattered over all the earth. Certainly God will not reward her by giving her every place where her people have set foot.

The boundaries of the land that God had given to Israel were clearly set forth. That is, their utmost limits should be from the wilderness of Kadesh and Sin, on the border of Edom in the southeast corner, to Lebanon on the north; and from the Euphrates on the east, to the Great Sea, or the Mediterranean, on the west.  The Israelites did not possess the full extent of this grant till the time of David.

The Hittites were one of the Canaanite tribes, but are mentioned here as representative of the others. This was probably because they were the most formidable of the tribes. The Anakim, a race of giants, lived among the Hittites. The Hittites lived in the southwest quadrant of the land and occupied the city of Hebron and other surrounding cities.

God's promises should not be taken lightly. He had promised the land to Abram's seed over four hundred years earlier, and now we see the fulfillment of it being made through Joshua and his people. God also promised Abraham that the whole world would be blessed by his seed. That promise has also been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Now, we are awaiting the promise that, when Jesus returns, we will be raised up to join Him and live with Him forever. Is there any reason whatsoever for us to doubt God's faithfulness to His word?

Before the Throne: 

Praise the Lord for giving us this record of His faithfulness. Thank Him for blessing us with the salvation gained by the blood of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to shield you from the lies of this world and to keep your faith strong.

For Further Study:

(v.3) * Josh 14:9; Deut 11:24; Titus 1:2:

(v.4) *  Gen 15:18-21; Exod 23:31; Num 34:2-18; Deut 1:7; Deut 3:25; Deut 11:24; 1Chr 5:9; 1Ch 18:3:



Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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