No Portion Left Out

It had been at least five years (maybe seven) since the Israelites had crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. And now, almost four hundred eighty years after God had first given His promise to Abram, it was no longer a “promised” land, they now had possession of the entire land – no portion had been left out.

Allow me to give a little perspective on how long four hundred eighty years is in history. Going back that time period from now would place us in the year 1535. Henry VIII is King of England (by the way, he is married to his second wife, Anne Boleyn). England is in extreme upheaval. William Tyndale is arrested in Antwerp for heresy in relation to his Bible translation. French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail for his second voyage to the new world of North America. The Spanish wrestle control of Tunis from the Ottoman Empire. In short, the world looked much different back then. Imagine receiving a promise back then and finally receiving its fulfillment today. Even more, imagine a promise that was made back then coming to fruition today in the exact same manner in which it was promised. And that is exactly what occurred through the faithfulness of God.

In the Beginning

In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. …But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. …So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. (John 1:1-5, 10-12, 14 NLT)

The journey with the Master in some respects is a journey that has no beginning, because in the beginning He was. He was with God. He was God. He was the Creator of all things and in Him and for Him were all things created. He was Life and from Him life was given. He was Light and from Him light was given to the world. He was Light and through Him darkness was extinguished. He always was and He forever will be.

The Blessing and the Curse

Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal. … Then on the altar they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD. … Then all the Israelites… were divided into two groups. One group stood in front of Mount Gerizim, the other in front of Mount Ebal. …Joshua then read to them all the blessings and curses Moses had written in the Book of Instruction. (Joshua 8:30-35 NLT) The Israelites had just experienced a curse – defeat at the hands of the warriors of Ai. And like any curse, it was not only the sting of the enemy; it was the sting that the Israelites, by their actions, had been responsible for the curse.

You Can’t Bury It Deep Enough

You Can’t Bury It Deep Enough

But the LORD said to Joshua, “…Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings. …So Joshua sent some men to make a search. They ran to the tent and found the stolen goods hidden there, just as Achan had said, with the silver buried beneath the rest. …Then they laid them on the ground in the presence of the LORD Joshua 7:10–23 NLT

O n the morning of the very day that the walls of Jericho collapsed, Joshua commanded the people,

Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel. Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the LORD and must be brought into His treasury. Joshua 6:18–19

Joshua had repeated this instruction one last time so that every man would clearly know and remember what they were to do. And every one of the fighting men took that command to heart and obeyed… except one.