• In these verses we see the watchful, vigilant loyalty to God that the western tribes display. The ‘East of Jordan’ tribes returned home and built a giant altar. The ‘West of Jordan’ tribes heard about it and gathered together to make war against them. First, though, they sent a delegation to investigate the matter and express their alarm to the […]

  • Look back at 1:12-18, where today’s passage relates to. There Joshua had charged the Israelites who had settled on the east of the Jordan – the Reubenites, the Gadites and half of Manasseh – to send their fighting men over into Canaan and to assist their brothers in conquering their territory (see 1:14, 15). The two-and-a-half ‘East of Jordan’ tribes […]

  • Verses 43-45 are more than just a footnote at the end of the chapter. They are the theological heart of the book of Joshua. They are a deliberate echo of the concerns Joshua had expressed and the reassurances God had given back at the very beginning of the book. V43 summarises chapters 13-21 (taking possession of the land); v44 summarises […]