March 24, 2016

Joshua 19-21 -

The second lot went to Simeon for its clans. Their inheritance was within the territory of Judah... The inheritance of Simeon came out of the share of Judah, because Judah’s portion turned out to be more than they needed. That’s how the people of Simeon came to get their lot from within Judah’s portion.

The third lot went to Zebulun, clan by clan:...
The fourth lot went to Issachar, clan by clan....
The fifth lot went to the tribe of Asher, clan by clan:...
The sixth lot came to Naphtali and its clans....
The seventh lot fell to Dan. The territory of their inheritance included:... But the people of Dan failed to get rid of the Westerners (Amorites), who pushed them back into the hills. The Westerners kept them out of the plain and they didn’t have enough room. So the people of Dan marched up and attacked Leshem. They took it, killed the inhabitants, and settled in. They renamed it Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their ancestor.....

They completed the dividing of the land as inheritance and the setting of its boundaries. The People of Israel then gave an inheritance among them to Joshua son of Nun. In obedience to God’s word, they gave him the city which he had requested, Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the city and settled there.

These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and the ancestral leaders assigned by lot to the tribes of Israel at Shiloh in the presence of God at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. They completed the dividing of the land.

Then God spoke to Joshua: “Tell the People of Israel: Designate the asylum-cities, as I instructed you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person accidentally—that is, unintentionally—may flee there as a safe place of asylum from the avenger of blood....  They set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hills of Naphtali, Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hills of Judah.  On the other side of the Jordan, east of Jericho, they designated Bezer on the desert plateau from the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh. 

The ancestral heads of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and to the heads of the other tribes of the People of Israel. This took place at Shiloh in the land of Canaan. They said, “God commanded through Moses that you give us cities to live in with access to pastures for our cattle.”  So the People of Israel, out of their own inheritance, gave the Levites, just as God commanded, the following cities and pastures:... The Levites held forty-eight towns with their accompanying pastures within the territory of the People of Israel. Each of these towns had pastures surrounding it—this was the case for all these towns.

And so God gave Israel the entire land that he had solemnly vowed to give to their ancestors. They took possession of it and made themselves at home in it. And God gave them rest on all sides, as he had also solemnly vowed to their ancestors. Not a single one of their enemies was able to stand up to them—God handed over all their enemies to them.

Not one word failed from all the good words God spoke to the house of Israel. Everything came out right.

Mark 5 - 
They arrived on the other side of the sea in the country of the Gerasenes.  As Jesus got out of the boat, a madman from the cemetery came up to him...no one could restrain him...When he saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him---then bellowed in protest, “What business do you have, Jesus, Son of the HIgh God, messing with me?  I swear to God, don’t give me a hard time!” (Jesus had just commanded the tormenting spirit out of this man).  Jesus asked him, “Tell me your name.”  He replied, “My name is Mob.  I am rioting mob.”  Then he desperately begged Jesus not to banish them from the country so Jesus sent them to a large herd of pigs per their request then the herd went stampeding over the nearby cliff.

Everyone wanted to see what had happened.  They came up to Jesus and was the madman sitting there wearing decent clothes and making sense...Those who had seen what happened told the others...At first they were in awe and then they were upset, upset over the drowned pigs.  They demanded that Jesus leave and not come back.  As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man begged to go along, but Jesus wouldn’t let him.  Jesus told him to go home to his own people and tell them his story... The man went back home and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him.  He was the talk of the town.

After Jesus crossed over by boat, a large crowd met him... One of the meeting place leaders, Jairus came.  When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, beside himself as he begged for his daughter who was dying.  Jesus went with Jairus to his home.  Along the way, a woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for 12 years ....had heard about Jesus and slipped in from behind to touch his robe thinking to herself that if she just touched him, she would be well.  The moment she touched him, she could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.  At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him & turned to ask who had touched him.  While his disciples tried to get him moving, Jesus went on asking who had done it...The woman stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him and gave him the whole story.  Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith and now you are healed and whole.  Live well, live blessed.  Be healed of your plague.”

While he was still talking, some people came and informed Jairus that his daughter had died so he no longer needed to bother with the Teacher anymore.  Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to Jairus, “Don’t listen to them, just trust me.”  He permitted no one to go in with him except Peter, James and John...Jesus was abrupt to those looking for gossip or bringing in food for the family when he asked “Why all this busy body grief and gossip.  This child isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.”  Provoked to sarcasm, they told Jesus he didn’t know what he was talking about.  But when he had sent them all out, he took Jairus and his wife along with his companions, and entered the child’s room.  He clasped the girl’s hand and said Talitha koum which means “little girl, get up.”  At that, she was up and walking around!  This girl was 12 years of age.  They of course were all beside themselves with joy.  He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room.  Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”