Topic: Good News For All
[DCLM Daily Manna 15 July 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Joshua 19:24-39
24 And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.
25 And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,
26 And Alammelech, and Amad, and Misheal; and reacheth to Carmel westward, and to Shihorlibnath;
27 And turneth toward the sunrising to Bethdagon, and reacheth to Zebulun, and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek, and Neiel, and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand,
28 And Hebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon;
29 And then the coast turneth to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turneth to Hosah; and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib:
30 Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their villages.
31 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.
32 The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families.
33 And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan:
34 And then the coast turneth westward to Aznothtabor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zebulun on the south side, and reacheth to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising.
35 And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth,
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36 And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor,
37 And Kedesh, and Edrei, and Enhazor,
38 And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and Bethshemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.
39 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.
Key Verse: “This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages” (Joshua 19:39).
For a decade now, the global media has been focused on a lot of bad news. There is no doubt that positive news inspires and uplifts millions to become more optimistic. Today’s text captures the good provisions that Joshua made for the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher and Naphtali according to their families.
For the children of Asher, the portion of their inheritance spanned from Helkath to Rehob. In all, twenty-two cities with their villages were allotted to them as their inheritance. On the other hand, the children of Naphtali had nineteen cities with their villages as their inheritance. Their coast was from Heleph to Bethshemesh.
These two tribes are little known until we come to the New Testament. “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity” (Luke 2:36). This heroine of faith welcomed and announced the prophetic significance of the baby Jesus.
Naphtali equally played a significant role in the story of the birth of the Messiah. It was in reference to Naphtali that Prophet Isaiah said, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2). That ‘light’ heralded the birth of Christ, the Saviour of the world.
The smallness of the tribes did not deprive them of being useful in the scheme of things. Not only were they given their own inheritance; but even after they had obtained it, they also played positive roles in the plan of God for humanity. You too must key into His plan and programme for your life today so that you will ultimately be relevant in His plan for time and all of eternity.
Thought For The Day: Inheritance is free for the qualified.
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