JOSHUA 15:1-63 | LUKE 18:18-43 | PSALM 86:1-17 | PROVERBS 13:9-10
If you ever wondered about the distribution and allotment of land between the twelve tribes of Israel—most likely a quarter million population by this time—well, there was certainly much to wonder about: in terms of who got what, how much, and so on. And so, we find in this chapter a further detailing of this land-distribution project.
It was not so much a project as much as a work in progress, I suppose, with people coming to Joshua and asking if they could have this or that, or that they didn’t want that or this. Whatever the case, Joshua most likely did his best, and we have here in particular, details about the land allotted to the tribe of Judah.
Turning to our reading in the book of Luke, we find the famous story of the rich man who approaches Jesus to ask what he must do to obtain eternal life. He is evidently following the Law as he tells Jesus, but when asked if he would give away his wealth to the poor and follow Jesus, the rich young man is unable to do so. Peter is quick to point out that he along with the other disciples have done just that, i.e., given it all up in order to follow Jesus.
There is a touch of hubris that we sense in Peter’s statement, but Jesus doesn’t point it out, and says instead to him (and to everyone who reads these words): 29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Jesus continues with his ministry of healing as he moves through the regions of Galilee and Judea. There is the story of the blind beggar who hears of Jesus passing by and cries out to Jesus, Lord, I want to see! Such a plaintive, simple request—spoken in implicit faith. This beggar had not witnessed any of the miracles that Jesus had been performing throughout the lands; he had only heard of Jesus’ fame, but that was enough for him to believe that this man Jesus could do something for him too!
And so, he cries out to Jesus—helpless as he is sitting on the side of the road, listening to the crowd passing by, hope is aroused within him, and he cries out for the greatest need that he has: sight.
And Jesus stops to listen to him, and says to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Just like that! Ask and it shall be given unto you…
David’s psalm for the day is a beautiful song of praise. His words remind you of the blind beggar we just encountered. Like David, the beggar also would most likely have had these very thoughts and might have offered these words of praise to God. David says:
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
The blind beggar would have also echoed these other words of David from this same psalm:
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.
And finally, our two verses from the book of Proverbs for today are certainly worthy of reading and remembering:
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.