Regular nibbles from the Bible. . .come for a bite, leave with an appetite

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)

Monday, March 25, 2013


I confess I find the descriptions of the division of the land b-o-r-i-n-g. My mind doesn't process visual images like maps and directions very well. So I read the descriptions the same way I had read about the sacrifices, comparing details instead of skimming over the verses. When everything is the same, the differences jump out at me.

Just yesterday we listened to Ephraim's pity party. "They have iron chariots!" They failed in their God-given mission to drive out the inhabits of the land.

Today Dan tells a different story. Oh, Joshua does tell us that the Danites failed to get rid of the Amorites on the plain. But they didn't give up. They suited up and went to war, attacking and taking the town of Leshem. I'm not entirely clear from the context if Leshem was on the plain or in the mountains, but they grabbed ahold of God's promise and found themselves a place to live.

This reminds me a little bit of the story of the prodigal son. One son worked by his father's side, and the other squandered his inheritance.

It also sounds like a lot of writers that I know. A conference director put it this way: no wonder God gives the same idea to more than one person. One person alone might fail in their God-given mission.

The Danites weren't perfect. They struggled with defeating the people of the plains. But they persevered and won a victory. When they defeated Leshem, God and His angels celebrated with them.

What's your assignment from God today?


  1. My job for today is to be an encouragement to you and to others An example of Gods light Have a blessed day Chris

  2. Chris, thank you for your faithfulness to your calling!