“And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.” Joshua 21:44-45
The ending sentences of Joshua chapter 21 can be summarized like this: GOD IS FAITHFUL!
The word “rest” is “nuach” in Hebrew, meaning “to be quiet,” in a peaceful, serene sense. (It is the root for the word, the proper name Noah!)
The verb “to swear” literally means “to say seven times!” (All God need do is say something once, but to set our minds at ease He often “swears” or “promises” something.)
God essentially took care of Israel’s enemies. He can do the same for us, really. Remember the prayer Moses voiced every day: “Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” Numbers 10:35
There’s coming yet another day (in the future as I write these words) when God will “scatter” Israel’s growing number of enemies! I’m thinking of Passages like Ezekiel 38 and 39 or Revelation 19.
Then the Holy Spirit wrote that glorious last line of chapter 21. “There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.” What a record!
God kept ALL His Promises!
Reminds me of Hebrews 13:8 … “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
And the words of the old song: “What He has done for others, He will do for you!”
Thank God this week for His Consistency, Dependability, Steadfastness … same as His FAITHFULNESS in your life, dear Christian friend.
— Dr. Mike Bagwell