Joshua 21* Cities for the Levites. (1-8) The cities allotted to theLevites. (9-42) God gave the land and rest to the Israelites,according to his promise. (43-45)1-8 The Levites waited till the other tribes were provided for,before they preferred their claim to Joshua. They build theirclaim upon a very good foundation; not their own merits orservices, but the Divine precept. The maintenance of ministersis not a thing left merely to the will of the people, that theymay let them starve if they please; they which preach the gospelshould live by the gospel, and should live comfortably. 9-42 By mixing the Levites with the other tribes, they weremade to see that the eyes of all Israel were upon them, andtherefore it was their concern to walk so that their ministrymight not be blamed. Every tribe had its share of Levites'cities. Thus did God graciously provide for keeping up religionamong them, and that they might have the word in all parts ofthe land. Yet, blessed be God, we have the gospel more diffusedamongst us. 43-45 God promised to give to the seed of Abraham the land ofCanaan for a possession, and now they possessed it, and dwelttherein. And the promise of the heavenly Canaan is as sure toall God's spiritual Israel; for it is the promise of Him thatcannot lie. There stood not a man before them. Theafter-prevalence of the Canaanites was the effect of Israel'sslothfulness, and the punishment of their sinful inclination tothe idolatries and abominations of the heathen whom theyharboured and indulged. There failed not aught of any goodthing, which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. In dueseason all his promises will be accomplished; then will hispeople acknowledge that the Lord has exceeded their largestexpectations, and made them more than conquerors, and broughtthem to their desired rest.
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