OYB April 18

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Posted April 23, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 16-18
NT: Luke 19:1-27
Ps: Psalm 87
Pr: Proverbs 13:11

Today´s notable verse:

1 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan of Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel. 2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), [b] crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, 3 descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the sea. 4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.

Joshua 16:1-4 (NIV)

A couple things interest me here: first, we see that Joseph was the patriarchal heir to the Promise of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joseph received the birthright - which normally goes to the firstborn son - of a double share of the inheritance; both of his sons Ephraim and Manasseh each received an allotment of land. Second, the descendants of Joseph received as part of their allotment the place that represented God's promise, covenant, and presence to the patriarchs: Bethel.

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