I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day eighty-eight: Joshua 22-24

After helping their people, the descendants of Reuben and Gad are blessed and sent to settle the land across the Jordan that was promised to them. There, they built an altar that upset the rest of the Israelites thinking that it was a blasphemous thing. The Reubenites and Gadites explained that the altar was a simple way to show that they were in fact part of the chosen people and not cut off. It was not meant for burnt offerings or to take place of the original altar. It was established as a simple witness and testament to their part in the whole thing and to remind generations to come. Everyone understands and all is at peace.

Joshua gets really old and all the lands are finally conquered. He gives a moving speech reminding them to obey God or His anger will completely wipe them out--they are like children, you have to tell them the same thing 25 times and only sometimes they completely understand it!

Joshua passes away and is buried on his inheritance land. The bones of Joseph and Aaron were also brought on the journey and buried there as well. The Book of Joshua ends very peacefully--everyone is settled in their land, and all bones are laid to rest...ahh...

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