- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joshua 22
Three tribes returned.
When all allotment of the land was finished, the transjordanian tribes, the Gadites, the Reubenites, and half-tribes of Manassas, returned to their lands, east of the Jordan, where God gave them through Moses.
They built an altar there, and it caused them to trouble by the other tribes of Israelites, west of the Jordan, because the Deuteronomic law forbade the offering of sacrifice anywhere except in the one central sanctuary (Deuteronomy 12:13-14). And other tribes apparently interpreted the building of the alter as an act of sin before God and an act of disloyalty to the whole Israel, and they made a war against Transjordanian tribes.
This tension was resolved by acknowledging the fact that it was not a real alter for sacrificial offering, but a witness mark between three tribes and others, and for their generations, to serve God and to be royal to each other.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?