Today’s passage: Joshua 15:1-19
- The Tribe of Judah was given a great allotment of land at the southern end of Canaan.
- Othniel, Caleb’s nephew would later become one of the judges of Israel (Judges 3:7-11).
- Othniel and Achsah were cousins. This is actually not unlawful according to Leviticus 18:6-18. (Not that it would be encouraged today…)
- Achsah seems to have attempted to instigate a further request through Othniel and then took care of matters herself (Maybe he didn’t agree or ask fast enough for her liking?). No commentary is given, just honest historical record.
Questions to consider:
- How can the honesty of the Bible (And specifically in this instance the Old Testament) be an encouragement to us as we read it? What might we be prone to think if everything seemed perfect?
- Why might Goliath have come from Gath and not from Kiriath-Arba? Why would David later have precedent for believing God would give Israel victory over these great warriors?
- How can God’s faithfulness in the past and His promised victory in the future encourage you today?