TEXT: JOSHUA 19:24-39
🔑KEY VERSE: “This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages” (JOSHUA 19:39).
For a decade now, the global media has been focused on a lot of bad news. There is no doubt that positive news inspires and uplifts millions to become more optimistic. Today’s text captures the good provisions that Joshua made for the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher and Naphtali according to their families
For the children of Asher, the portion of their inheritance spanned from Helkath to Rehob. In all, twenty-two cities with their villages were allotted to them as their inheritance. On the other hand, the children of Naphtali had nineteen cities with their villages as their inheritance. Their coast was from Heleph to Bethshemesh
These two tribes are little known until we come to the New Testament. “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity” (Luke 2:36). This heroine of faith welcomed and announced the prophetic significance of the baby Jesus
Naphtali equally played a significant role in the story of the birth of the Messiah. It was in reference to Naphtali that Prophet Isaiah said, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2). That ‘light’ heralded the birth of Christ, the Saviour of the world
The smallness of the tribes did not deprive them of being useful in the scheme of things. Not only were they given their own inheritance; but even after they had obtained it, they also played positive roles in the plan of God for humanity. You too must key into His plan and programme for your life today so that you will ultimately be relevant in His plan for time and all of eternity
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Inheritance is free for the qualified.
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