Joshua Chapter 22

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Joshua 22

1Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,

2And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:

3Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.

4And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.

5But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

6So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto their tents.

7Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given possession in Bashan: but unto the other half thereof gave Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And when Joshua sent them away also unto their tents, then he blessed them,

8And he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.

9And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

10And when they came unto the borders of Jordan, that are in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan, a great altar to see to.

11And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel.

12And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them.

13And the children of Israel sent unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,

14And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.

15And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,

16Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the LORD?

17Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,

18But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.

19Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the LORD’s tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God.

20Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.

21Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh answered, and said unto the heads of the thousands of Israel,

22The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)

23That we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require it;

24And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of Israel?

25For the LORD hath made Jordan a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part in the LORD: so shall your children make our children cease from fearing the LORD.

26Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

27But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.

28Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should so say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.

29God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.

30And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased them.

31And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against the LORD: now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.

32And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes, returned from the children of Reuben, and from the children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead, unto the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought them word again.

33And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up against them in battle, to destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.

34And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God.

33 thoughts on “Joshua Chapter 22

  1. Misunderstanding
    Jos 22:10-20

    When misunderstandings arise openly communicating is the best course of action, and a lesson learned in an immense way by the people of Israel. The tribes of Reuben, Gad and hal tribe of Manasseh build an altar near the Jordan in rememberance that they fought with their brothers and have returned to the land they asked for. All the people hear about this and are outraged. They assume that the altar is a sign they wish to create a new place of worship and that the tribes on the east of the rive Jordan will no longer be coming to Shiloh for worship. Assumptions, Accusations etc. are dangerousspirits to allow like bitterness before anger, or pride before the fall. They are angry …angry enough to go to war! Until they talk.
    The leaders from each side of the Jordan express their concern and intentions. By the end of the conversation, the tribes on the west side of the Jordan celebrate this memorial of their unity. It is not a rival altar. It is a reminder of that the tribes of Israel ought to always stand together. What is meant for peace almost leads to war, until the people communicate. Everybody’s going to have misunderstandings, since the tower of Bable. If we can point to the root our division we can better understand it. Once we do so then we have to let go of “self” ugly stinking thinking spirit to embrace Gods spirit o peace, understanding, and forgiveness in order to move forward to celebrate and sacrifice to the Lord. Satan is the accuser of the bretheren …watch out because he will do anything to strike up some divison. Put on the armour the Lord gave you, stay united.

  2. I thank God for all he has done for me @ I would never think of forsaking Him even though its been hard not being at church I refuse to give up after all the Blessings He has given me. I know the world may say how can I say that with all the pain I’ve been through but that is when He carries me through the valleys. Plus I’m thankful that I was able to finally find the blog after I changed phones I love the the Lord with all my heart & soul & I can’t wait to rejoin. My church family. Thank you for all your love & prayers

  3. From innocence to offense

    Yes, the alter was constructed out of innocence. They wanted to build a altar because the Jordan river separated them from the other tribes and they wanted future generations to understand where they came from. They had great zeal yet lacked communication. Did they pray and ask God or maybe send word to the others telling them what was happening. Given the command of God and the testimonies of others that had turned and disobeyed God, his would have saved a lot of confusion.

    I did enjoy the way the other tribes handled the situation. Instead of sending their armies first to destroy them they sent others to inquire about what was going on. This was very wise on their part. I know it showed me the importance of going to my brother instead of assuming the worse.

    In the end we see that both tribes had great zeal for God and just wanted the best. After talking it all out they each saw each other’s point.

  4. iBlog Breakfast

    “LOVE, AGAPE”

    ***This is Verse of Marriage unto the Lord***

    (Joshua 22:5 KJV) But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

    John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    Benefits and Responsibilities of Marriage

    *Benefit- John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

    *Responsibility-SERVE H5647
    עבד
    ‛âbad
    aw-bad’
    A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.: – X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.

    OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SERVE… TO SERVE IS TO WORK.

    OUR BENEFIT IS THAT WHATEVER WE ASK…(IN HIS WILL) IT SHALL BE DONE.

    Eph.3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

  5. We should avoid even the appearance of evil (1Thess 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.). Paul said that all things were legal, but not all were expediant (1Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not). We may know what we are doing, and we may know our heart toward God and what we may be doing does not dishonor God, but others may not understand as it appears wrong. We must be careful that our actions (however innocent in our eyes) do not lead others astray in their walk with the Lord.
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  6. 5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

    It don’t matter which side of the Jordan you are at as long as you heed and follow the commandments of God. Don’t be haste to judge the actions of your brothers for you don’t know with what intentions the actions were done. It is always good to go directly to the to the source and speak clearly and with truth before you try to retaliate, you might just find out that it is all well with God.

  7. ALTAR AND ATTITUDE ARE EVIDENCE OF THE LORD

    31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against the LORD: now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.

    Obviously the impression of Achan’s sin of disrespect and disobedience weighed heavy on them after all these years and the children of Israel wanted nothing to do with that judgement again. It is wise for us to fearfully (respectfully) remember the judgement of God upon others and protect ourselves from the same end.

    Phinehas and his entourage were being a sort of Spiritual Police for Israel;

    1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:

    The building of an altar is what attracted the crowd. WOW! What a message to and for us. The attitude and purpose in building the altar is what produced unity. If there were impure motives they would have been offended by the approach of Phinehas. If Phinehas had attacked before he inquired it would have been tragic for all.

    The LORD is present where pride and offense are absent. We need daily altars in our lives to alter our attitude.

    Proverb of the day. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

    iPray
    iWork
    iBuild Altars

  8. I thank the Lord for everything and especially my feet where I can walk to share the Gospel. And the last few days I have must have walked miles taking care of errands that’s the best blessing that we have arms and feet I glorify the Lord of Lords and King of Kings for my limbs so I’m going to glorify the Lord with them
    That’s the best blessing a children of God can have. This Scripture is telling me in the first few chapters is the Lord blessed me with a blessing yesterday so to pay tithes then I’m going to give back to someone without no regret and nothing in return

  9. I don’t think my blog showed up. But I thank God for my limbs. To worship Him and to glorify Him. iwork. ipray. ireap.

  10. The tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh were called by Joshua and given accomodations for remaining in unity with the brethren, then sent to their land that had been given to them to possess it and live. They had received their inheritance and their promise. Now going back towards Jordan they build an altar beside the altar the children of Israel built coming across Jordan in rememberance of where the Lord brougth them from. Yet like so many people, when blessed by God, they turn and begin to do their own thing and forsake what they have learned and been instructed, the children of Israel thought that the altar they built for future generations to know where they had come from was for their sake and not to honor God. Rebellion had already raised it’s ugly head in the children of Israel and cost victories in battle and lives, so they were cautious at the very inkling of “self or pride” rising up among them.

    This behooves all of us to “eat the book” and know right from wrong. Spending time everyday in the Word and with the Master in prayer, sharpens our spirit that at the first hint of rebellion, pride, selfishness, our spirit would be enlightened and we can kill it at the root.

  11. v5 But take diligent heed to
    do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your GOD, and to walk in all his ways, and keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him,and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
    iLove
    iWalk
    iKeep
    iCleave
    iServe
    iPray

  12. iBlog lunch

    2And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:
    3Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.

    The blessing of obedience

    This is what the most successful preachers testify of…if you listen close, you will notice they were obedient to the man of God, and served the people of God faithfully.

    I thank God for a pastor who can stand on the above scriptures and prove that the “old school” is the BEST SCHOOL

  13. v16 They ( Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and with him ten princes) spake for the whole congregation. That sounds like unity.

    They had the ability to rise above the present explosive emotions.
    Pr.16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
    They looked at the cause and their future
    “Let us reason together ” ISA.1:18
    They had the courage to go through it
    Refuse to be an instrument of vengeance
    Someday we will look back and be thankful or regretful.
    GOD has something great for everyone of us
    If one member suffers the body as a whole suffer” 1Cor.12:26
    This proves what the Word and Pastor says;
    ” No man is an island to itself” Rom.14:7
    v18 ” Seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that tomorrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel ”
    Achan’s sin affected all Israel.
    Achan means trouble; but
    Thank GOD we can build an altar and turn us to repentance, relationship with GOD, unity, healings,deliverance, and obedience to GOD’S truth.
    What a great testimony for the GOD’S Church to have!!
    GOD has something great for everyone of us!

  14. we all have our own way to give God phraise. building the alter was thier way of phraising God. in this ch. it was also stated that we should phraise God with all of our heart and i believe that the alter was their way of doing that. if we wait in the Lord while He is bringing us through then we to will receive the riches and blessing that God has for us

  15. 10-11
    Mosaic law commanded that sacrifices be made only at the altar of Israels sanctuary which at that time stood in the tabernacle court. Buliding another alter of unique design that God required for alters of sacrifice seemed an act of open defiance of the devine Law. The fact that the tribes west of the Joedan were willing to go to war over the issue shows how dedicated the people were at that time to obeying God completely.

  16. 23That we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require it;

  17. Reading this I was reminded of this verse Proverbs 22:28 remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. The children of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh sat up the altar in attempts to protect division in the future between the brethren.

    I was not raised in the Truth but as I continue growing and learning in my walk with God I hear more about the landmarks that past pioneers of the Gospel have set. I may not understand all of them but if I choose to not remove them or disobey them then I will eventually see the good in them and be protected by them. If I choose to ignore them and do my own thing I will have to learn the hard way all the while being unprotected by a covering. God help me to not remove the landmarks my forefathers set before me even if I do not understand it all now.

  18. Achan was too quick to grab his inheritance. He could have waited and obeyed and God would have provided everything that he needed. Now Gad, Reuben, and the half tribe of Manassah, after many years of faithful service find themselves faced to face with their promise.

    15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:15

    Achan tried to grab it before it was time. These tribes served and when it was time to go, they were sent with a blessing.

    8And he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.

    The fact is this, obey and be sent with blessing, or rebel and be found cursed.

  19. 26Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

    27But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.

    Please God keep me from ever denying YOU, your power or authority. Let me always keep You in my heart. Allow me to be able to teach my children and grand children and etc… what, where, when, how and who YOU are.

  20. Joshua briefly restated the central message Moses gave the people in Deuteronomy: Obedience should be based on love for God. Although the Israelites had completed their military responsibility, Joshua reminded them of their spiritual responsibility. Sometimes we think so much about what we are to do that we neglect thinking about who we are to be. If we know we are God’s children, we will love him and joyfully serve him. We must not let daily service take away from our love for God.

  21. the altar that was built was a sign what a testimony to all those that saw it. it was so the children would not forget were God brought them from. We also in our lives need to build alters to remember how far God has brought us and to teach them to our children so that they will know.

  22. In this chapter, it seems Israel was trying to do the right thing on both sides of the dispute, but their execution of it was not what it could be. It is easy to see where most of Israel was almost guilty of innocent blood with narrowly missing the “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality, but those other tribes did not help the situation much either. I find it odd that they built the memorial, Ed, so the other tribes wouldn’t try to cut them off later… yet the other tribes didn’t even have a clue what it was about until they questioned them over it. Last time I checked, you sorta have to have both parties involved if there’s to be an agreement/understanding between them… Waiting until after Ed was built to get around to telling the other tribes the meaning of it was perhaps not the wisest move.

    It really highlights not only the warning to avoid “youthful” mistakes whenever we are breaking new ground in our walk with God but also the admonishment to love each other enough to get through those rough times when we do make mistakes (none of us are perfect.) This seems to be very timely considering POFW is looking at some drastic changes coming up with us moving into the new building and preparing to grow very quickly shortly thereafter. It will be a huge learning curve for us as a congregation and a great opportunity for further maturing, meaning the more we can prepare by being in tune with God and growing in wisdom through prayer and eating the Word, the better. It will also be an opportunity to really love one another, through the victories and through the trying times, and strengthen the bonds of our spiritual family-hood.

  23. Proverbs 15: 1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    The children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh answered and handled the situation very well.

    Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

    Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

  24. This chapter illustrates discussion. As we read we see there was almost a war because of miscommunication. Many things can be rectified if we will only communicate with each other, whereas all will be rectified if we communicate (ipray) with him (Jesus). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  25. 26Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

    27But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.

    I think this was good planning of their part to think ahead to their children and the next generations and since they were separated by distance, there needed to be a remembrance that they too were a part of the inheritance that God told Moses he would give and that they were a part of possessing that land by helping their brethren fight.

  26. 5But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

    We should always cleave unto God. If we hold fast to God, the devil cannot harm you. God has given his childeren power to speak against anything that comes our way.

  27. if we all that kind of respect for the altar and protected i with all we had, how close could we get to God. These guys were serious about the altar! Are we as serious as they? Do we require as much from ourselves as they did? There covenant was to protect their children. The example to their children was great. They set their children up for success! O Lord how I plead the blood of Jesus on my children! I want to be as serious ass these were.

  28. Verse 34 in the CEV reads…”The people of Reuben and Gad named the altar ” A Reminder to Us All That the LORD Is Our God.” They had good intentions when they built the altar; but, failed to communicate before going forward. This shows how important communication is. We can’t be so quick to judge, we need to ask if we don’t understand something. It would save you a troublesome battle.

  29. 3Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.

    Take care of those you need to care for.

    Misunderstandings: Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes people are doing what they should, or a variation of what they should. It is up to GOD to judge their hearts to see if they really have done something wrong or not.

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