104-1021-Joshua Chapter 21
According to the word of the Lord the Levite tribe was given no land to call their own. It was as the Lord had instructed Moses, “The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.” (Numbers 35:6) Each of the other tribes gave cities to the Levites and the common land around them for their cattle. These cities were placed throughout the Promised Land so that the people would have access to each of them. The Levites where the priest and it was their responsibility to teach the Torah, the Law of God, to the people.
It was the responsibility of the Priest to be the intermediary between the people and God. Also the priest were responsible for the duties of the Temple and maintained the sacrifices for the people for the pardoning of their sin against God’s Word. Today Jesus is our High Priest and mediates between us and God. Jesus is also our sin sacrifice in that He died on the cross and shed His blood for the remission of our sin. Jesus is our advocate between us and God.
Therefore, the Levites received no inheritance of land as their service to God was their inheritance.
God never intended for there to be a Levite state. The Levite tribe was to be spread out though the whole land of Israel. Each tribe was to have a priestly presence amongst them. In the same way there was never to be a Christian state. Christians today are to be a holy priesthood throughout the world. (1 Peter 2:5 1 Peter 2:9) In that was every nation and every society would have a Christian influence where people could come to know God through Jesus Christ.
There is a significance that the Levites were given their cities last. The Priest were to be servants of the people, not to be served by the people. This is the example of our Lord, Jesus came to minister to the people and not be ministered to by the people. (Mark 10:45)
God had fulfilled His promise to the seed of Abraham. (Genesis 12:7) God had given the Israelite the land and had delivered their enemies over to them. There was now peace throughout the land of Canaan as the Canaanites were in military check. It was the responsibility for the individual tribes to finish the work and drive out the remaining Canaanites from their land, the land God had promised them. God had provided everything necessary for them to accomplish this but they failed to do so and trouble came to the people of God later because of their disobedience.
The Land of the Israelites was now at rest. There was peace as the Lord had given their enemies over to them. At this point in their history the Jewish nation stopped celebrating the Passover while on the move. (Exodus 12:11) Their days of travel were now over. They now celebrated the Passover at rest reclining at the table. (John 13:23)
God is faithful to His word and everything He had promised had come into being. The Israelite people, however, were not faithful to their side of the covenant. Their failure to fully possess the Promised Land was not because God had failed to keep His promises. God had made adequate provision for the people to have full possession of the land. The failure was on the part of the Israelite nation for not taking full possession and allowing some Canaanite people to remain in their land.
The Lord is also completely faithful to us and has made provision to each of us to have complete victory in our lives. If we have not done so, it is not because God has been unfaithful but because we have.
“In the light of the Cross, is it not true that the enemy has no right to dwell in the land? Is it not true that Satan’s claim to your life was taken from him at Calvary? Is it not true that sin has no right to a foothold in the life of the child of God? Is it not true that Satan has no power in the presence of Omnipotence? Is it not true that by virtue of His blood and His resurrection, Jesus Christ is pledged to destroy the enemy utterly? Is it not true that in the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit there is strength for every temptation, grace for every trial, power to overcome every difficulty?” (Alan Redpath)