Some Fight Left

“To what do I owe the pleasure, old friend?”

“I’m here to claim what was promised to me.”

“I don’t recall making any promises to you or your clan. Can you refresh my memory? We’re already getting on in years.”

“How swiftly have you forgotten! But I don’t blame you for it was not you who swore the oath but our former leader. As his successor, I hold you accountable to uphold that commitment.”

“What has he assured you? You know I will give it to you if it is within my power.”

“Land.”

“You and your people have your territories.”

“We are grateful for what you have allotted to us. However, I cannot rest until we are able to stake our claim on the hill country. It was given to me.”

“By all means, it’s all yours. Although you know as well as I do that that region is not mine to give. Aside from the difficult terrain, the inhabitants are bound to be a huge problem.”

“You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me back at Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of God sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land. And I brought back an honest and accurate report. My companions who went with me discouraged the people, but I stuck to my guns, totally with God, my God. That was the day that Moses solemnly promised, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance, you and your children’s, forever. Yes, you have lived totally for God.’ Now look at me: God has kept me alive, as he promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses, years in which Israel wandered in the wilderness. And here I am today, eighty-five years old! I’m as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If God goes with me, I will drive them out, just as God said.” (Joshua 14:6-12 MSG)

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