2 thoughts on “Joshua 21 Outline

  1. Matthew Henry: ‘It had been often said that the tribe of Levi should have “no inheritance with their brethren,” no particular part of the country assigned them, as the other tribes had, no, not the country about Shiloh, which one might have expected to be appropriated to them as the lands of the church; but, though they were not thus cast into a country by themselves, it appears, by the provision made for them in this chapter, that they were no losers, but the rest of the tribes were very much gainers, by their being dispersed. We have here, I. The motion they made to have their cities assigned them, according to God’s appointment, verses 1, 2. II. The nomination of the cities accordingly out of the several tribes, and the distribution of them to the respective families of this tribe, verses 3-8. III. A catalogue of the cities, forty-eight in all, verses 9-42. IV. A receipt entered in full of all that God had promised to his people Israel, verses 43-45.’

  2. Thomas Boston’s “Memoirs”: ‘On the Sabbath morning, minding to read Isaiah 53, Isaiah 63 turned up, and I was moved to read it, and Isaiah 63:4 thereof, “The day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come,” so harmonising with my text, sweetly surprised me, and raised my hopes very full as to the deliverance aforesaid drawing near. At the table I had a view of Christ himself as all to me, and going to view particular benefits, as pardon, etc., I was led back to behold himself as containing all whatsoever. In concern for my children, that word came, “I will be thy God, and the God of thy seed.” Mr. Wilson on the Saturday and at the tables insisted on believing the gospel, and on Monday again to good purpose. But that day I had wished in my heart he had handled some other subject. Mr. Hunter preached after him on these words, “He is faithful that hath promised;” whereby I was checked, and caused to say in my heart, the foolishness of God is wiser than men, seeing how God did confirm what I did not so much approve. I was so refreshed with that sermon of Mr. Hunter’s, that I found my very body in good condition when the work was over.

    But after all this, coming home, I found my wife was extraordinary ill, and saw her not for some time. And when I saw her, she told me that it had been extraordinary ill with her, and that she had tasted of the bitterness of death, what she had not known before. However, this made me not to stagger, as to my hope of her deliverance. In prayer at parting with her it had been kept quite out of my head to desire of the Lord a comfortable meeting with her. Adverting to this ere I got out of the room, I stood a little astonished, and thought it not meet to tell her of it at that time. But now, from this, my hopes were confirmed, in that I thought the Lord’s having kept me from seeking what he minded not to give, was a ground of hope that he would give the rest which he helped to seek of him. When we went to family-worship, Joshua 21, being the ordinary, was read, and Joshua 21:45, “There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass,” was sweet, and pat to my present circumstances in that matter. And on the morrow, having been carried out in secret prayer to plead with God in the same case, I was anew surprised and comforted, reading in my ordinary in the Hebrew bible, Genesis 25:2, “And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, and the Lord was intreated of him.”‘

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