(This week’s Devotionals run Monday through Saturday)
Now this was the lot for the tribe of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war. So the lot was made for the rest of the sons of Manasseh according to their families: for the sons of Abiezer and for the sons of Helek and for the sons of Asriel and for the sons of Shechem and for the sons of Hepher and for the sons of Shemida; these were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families. However, Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. They came near before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” So according to the command of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers. Thus there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Jordan, because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons. And the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh. Joshua 17:1-6
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:2-4
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are so many parallels between the promised land experience of Israel long ago and our promised land experience with Christ today. The Joshua passage for today shows that the prevailing understanding of the “rules” so to speak regarding the promised land did not take into account the full provision of the actual commands that were originally given. Our Scripture for today from 2 Peter awakens us to the reality that there are “precious and magnificent promises” that were originally “granted” to us. These promises have to do with the life God intends for us today as his people. Do we have an understanding of the “Christian life” that has not taken into account the full provision of what was originally given?
There is true knowledge of him (genuinely knowing Jesus Christ in our actual experience) that “grants” to us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Such a promised land experience with Christ will lead to our “escaping the corruption that is in the world by lust” and “becoming partakers of the divine nature.” These two things are the measure by which we must test both our understanding of and commitment to the “promised land life in Christ” God has called us to as his people today.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I believe I have been granted a full allotment in your “promised land” provision for your people today. I am not left out, disregarded, or left behind. In Christ’s indwelling and abiding presence, I have everything I need for true life and godliness. Forgive me for believing otherwise. Guard me from ever slipping back to being anything less than a full participant in the journey of becoming the “promised land” kind of person you have “granted” me to become. Amen!
Posted on Wed, June 20, 2018
by Ken Hart