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Bible Commentaries
Joshua 21

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-45

Chapter 21

In chapter twenty-one we read,

Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites to the Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun ( Joshua 21:1 ),

The priests were saying, "Now, look we know that we don't get any land, but we were promised cities, and that they were to be given cities, and the suburbs of those cities for their farming and all." Now automatically the cities of refuge were cities that belonged to the Levites. But other cities were also given to them, and these cities are listed through chapter twenty-one. When we get into verse forty-three,

The Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein ( Joshua 21:43 ).

Now, the Lord gave it all to them. The thing is they didn't take it all. The Lord has given us a lot more than we have taken. We haven't really possessed all that God has given to us. It is an interesting thing that God has given salvation to every man who will take it, but not everybody has taken it. The gifts of God are already given by God. Now it is up to you by faith, to claim it, to take it. The gift of salvation, it is there if you'll claim it, if you'll take it. The gift of the Holy Spirit, it is there if you'll take it and claim it.

So God gave them all of the land that He promised to give to them. Their problem was that they just didn't take it all,

And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all of their enemies before them; for the Lord delivered all of their enemies into their hand. And there failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; it all came to pass ( Joshua 21:44-45 ).

So here is a little testimony of the faithfulness of God. Not one good word of God failed. He kept His promises to them completely. God honors His word. God will honor His word. God will not fail to keep His promises, thus all of those good things which God had promised, He fulfilled. "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Joshua 21". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/joshua-21.html. 2014.
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