Pastoral Commentary for Joshua 19:10-20:9
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Dan were the last tribes to be allotted portions of the Promised Land, in that order. After the seven sections had been apportioned to all of the remaining tribes, the Israelites gave a special allotment of land to Joshua in the hill country of Ephraim. This was similar to the special allotment that was given to Caleb, the other man from the original 12 spies, who like Joshua trusted God and encouraged Israel to go into the Promised Land and take it. Thus, Joshua and Caleb were both specially rewarded for their faithfulness to the LORD. We too can expect a reward of grace from our God if we are faithful to him. Jesus himself promised us: "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). As God had previously commanded Moses, so He once again commanded Joshua to establish cities of refuge, so that anyone who unintentionally killed another could have a safe refuge from the avenger of blood until he was able to be tried by the assembly.