Casting lots no more – Joshua 19

“These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders allocated as grants of land to the tribes of Israel by casting sacred lots in the presence of the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle at Shiloh. So the division of the land was completed.” (Josh 19:51)

In this chapter, the tribes of Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Dan receive their portions of land. Also Joshua chose his own town, Timnath-serah, as his portion. The Lord had told him he was allowed to choose any town he wanted. So now the division of land was completed.

So how was the land divided? How were there no big arguments about who gets what portion of land, among twelve tribes? They all knew it was the Lord’s decision, but it came about by casting lots- much like throwing dice, and the one who gets the highest number goes first. Casting lots was the way man received direction from the Lord in important decisions. Matthias, a replacement of Judas, was elected the 12th apostle by the decision of casting lots. Proverbs 16:33 tells us that “the lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” So they all knew that they might be casting the lot, but God would direct its falling, causing His will to be done. Notice, however, the casting of lots was done away with after Matthias was chosen this way in Acts 1, and the Spirit was poured out in Acts 2. So that means ever since the Holy Spirit was poured out, we don’t need to cast lots or throw dice for direction- we need to ask the Lord who will direct us in the right way by His Spirit. Rely on the Holy Spirit- He is your teacher, guide, counsellor and friend who will never leave you nor forsake you. He is the One Jesus promised would help the disciples after He went back to be with the Father, and Peter said the promised Holy Spirit is for all who would call upon Him- for all generations until the Lord returns!

“Lord, thank You that You sent the promised Holy Spirit into our lives so we don’t need to cast lots or play guessing games- we can rely totally on Your Spirit to help us on our journey. Holy Spirit, we welcome You to lead our lives the way You would choose- we surrender control to You, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Prov 16:33; Gal 5:16

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