Joshua 21: The Levites finally are told where they can live


The Levites address Joshua and the heads of the families and say – what about us, where should we live? Moses promised us land to live on and places for our cattle as well. Each family gives them a place to live and assign cities of refuge to be under their priestly care. That done, they could all now live in peace.

In other words:

The Levites weren’t forgotten and they were given places to live.

Favorite bit:

That the land survey descriptions are finally over.

Least favorite bit:

Joshua (21:43) The Lord apparently gave all the land he had promised to give the Israelites, except he didn’t. They didn’t conquer half of the lands they were supposed to. The Hittites for example. They didn’t come anywhere close to conquering those people. I’m sure there were probably some Hittites living in the area they conquered, but that’s not the same thing as what they had been promised.

Most likely to be quoted out of context:

(Joshua 21:44) “there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hands.”  This sounds wonderful if you want to believe that God has your back. But in context, it’s a bold faced lie. There were clearly plenty of men still alive in the towns they conquered, otherwise they would not have had to subdue them and drive them out or make them pay tribute.

Moral Lesson:

Don’t boast, even when celebrating. Especially when you only half accomplished what you set out to do.