Chapter 19- The inheritances of the tribes of Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan. Joshua also got his own inheritance.
I’ll just leave this here, again:
At first I wondered why Joshua got his own inheritance. He’s just one dude. Why does he get his own place while all the other people have to share with their tribesmen? Turns out his inheritance is within the tribe of Ephraim, and he is an Ephraimite, so I’m thinking he just earned himself a special place within his tribe for being the guy who lead them there.
Chapter 20- The cities of refuge for people who accidentally kill someone are established.
One of the refuge cities is called “Shechem” which also happens to be the name of Dinah’s rapist back in Genesis 34. I wonder if there’s any connection, or if it’s just a coincidence.
Chapter 21- A list of the cities given from each tribe to be the places for the Levites to live.
Those refuge cities back in chapter 20 end up being a pretty significant chuck of the land given to the Levites. The priest class has to live with the murderers. I wonder what that means? Were they in charge of the refuge cities? Or is that just where they sent all undesirable people?
Verse 44, “The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.”
I’d like to remind you what Joshua 17:12 says. “Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities, but the Canaaites were determined to dwell in that land.” Well which is it? One of these 2 verses has to be incorrect.