TFOTB | March 26th | Reading 086 of 366 |

BOOK 06 of 66  | Joshua 12,13

Signpost Words | ‘CONFLICT CAN BE FAVOR’

Highlight Verses | Joshua 13:1-6

Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: “You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed. This is the land that yet remains: all the territory of ……— them I will drive out from before the children of Israel; only divide it by lot to Israel as an inheritance, as I have commanded you.” NKJV

Some Observations | 

The older you get, the quicker time appears to pass, and then it seems that in the blink of an eye, twenty years passes you by. You go to a reunion, a celebration with friends of the past and you find that you are  not with your old friends but seemingly with their parents, all grayer, balder, fatter, droopier. You go check yourself in the mirror and find that you too have turned into your father. Very soon, these life-celebrations will pass, & like lost buses, the funerals will arrive, as one by one, we all bite the dust. Life passes in the blink of an eye, and so much is still unachieved, unclaimed or remains undone.

Final Reflections  |

The trained up successor to Moses was general Joshua. However, Joshua, it seems, had no individual successor but rather, the whole of Israel, and in particular, it’s tribal leaders were to be his successor. Soon the ‘judges’ would arise, even the God sent Warrior-Heroes to assume the role of national leader at the appointed time of danger. Frankly, it would be a disaster. Settledness brings rest, and the maintenance of rest leads to compromise and compromises brings weakness and forgetfulness, and these twins bring sin and judgment. The favor of God now needs to be seen & found in coming conflict. 



BOOK 06 of 66  | Joshua 14,15


Highlight Verses | Joshua 14:11-15

As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke of in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said."  And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. à). Then the land had rest from war. NKJV

Some Observations | 

I imagine Caleb as a gnarly old junkyard dog. No one will climb over his fence. Ever. Today, many an old ‘lairs-club’ talks up old conflicts, here though, at age 85, Caleb wants to start a new conflict and start it against some ‘kick-ass’ Canaanites who seemingly had re-occupied once taken lands with Hebron as its towering center. 

Final Reflections  |

After a lifetime of bumps and bruises, it was only around the age of 66 that he felt that his fried chicken recipe could be a gold-mine. Kentucky Colonel Sanders, went on to sell his recipe and set up franchises across the land, often sleeping in his car and some say travelling 200,000 miles per year. Aged 90, the friend of Billy Graham died a millionaire leaving behind a billion dollar company 

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