Wednesday, October 9, 2013

the boundaries of the inheritance

Listening to the book of Joshua, the people of Israel are claiming their inheritance. Each tribe is being assigned specific boundaries in the Promised Land, defined by geographic limits, like rivers, mountains and seas as well as by towns. It occurred to me that as we occupy our Promised Land of abundant life in Christ, He also has assigned territories to each of us. Perhaps you could say they are defined by our spiritual gifts, our geographic, cultural and national location and our collection of associations (friends, family, neighbors). Each of us has a strategic placement and carries strategic potential to life in such a way that the Lord is reflected and the Gospel is carried to the ends of the earth. Of course, our inheritance is ultimately a spiritual one that is marked by a real relationship with the living God and as we move through our days, He may well move us into new places so we can bring Him before new faces!
Joshua 15:1 The allotment for the tribe of Judah, according to its clans, extended down to the territory of Edom, to the Desert of Zin in the extreme south.
2 Their southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Dead Sea, 3 crossed south of Scorpion Pass, continued on to Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea. Then it ran past Hezron up to Addar and curved around to Karka. 4 It then passed along to Azmon and joined the Wadi of Egypt, ending at the Mediterranean Sea. This is their southern boundary.
Rob Smith

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