In our reading today we find God delivering on the promise. They have carried out his orders. They have followed him as he has lead them into battle. He has delivered all of the towns, peoples and kings into their hands. And now he has given their inheritance to them.
God has been generous with them, even though they have failed to follow him completely. I think too often when we read the Old Testament we see this vengeful God that is all about death and destruction. While that is true, when we view God that way we fail to see him completely, we fail to see his diligence and we fail to see his love. The God we see is a God driven by love, and this giving of their inheritance in the land is about his love for his people.
As we continue reading try your best to see the love of God unfolding as we see God delivering the Israelites from enemies and even as he disciplines his people.
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