The Spoils of War

These are their dwelling places according to their settlements within their borders: to the sons of Aaron of the clans of Kohathites, for theirs was the first lot, to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah and its surrounding pasturelands, but the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh. To the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah with its pasturelands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands, Hilen with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands, Ashan with its pasturelands, and Beth-shemesh with its pasturelands; and from the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon, Geba with its pasturelands, Alemeth with its pasturelands, and Anathoth with its pasturelands. All their cities throughout their clans were thirteen. 1 Chronicles 6:54-60.

These genealogies didn’t only keep records of birth, but of their inheritance in the land God gave them. And He promised them cities they had not built, weeks they had not dug, and fruit trees they had not planned. This is why they are given cities. They weren’t being ordered to build them.

Likewise, it is the meek who will inherit the earth. It will be given to those who believe in the son of God, and who obey Him.

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