What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the monotony – for there is plenty that can be gleaned from Genesis, chapters 5 and 11. What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the insider talk – for as much as we braced for the challenge, Leviticus, chapters 1-5 and 23 proved fascinating reading that exposed Jesus Christ. What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the twelve-fold repetition – for there was an aura of ceremony that surrounded Numbers, chapter 7.
What makes this passage a challenge to read is that most of us have no vision of where most of the named landmarks are. What IS fascinating about this passage is to note that Israel’s topography will be completely re-oriented when Israel is regathered for the end days. For when Israel is regathered, we need to re-allocate the land (Ezekiel 47:13 to 48:29). And Ezekiel’s pieces don’t fit Israel’s present topography. The earth’s land configuration will change – at least in the land of Israel.
For Joshua, I lifted this map from Wikipedia. I suggest you select a tribe and see if you can work it through. The description of Judah starts in the southeast (Joshua 15:2), and traces the south to about where the word AMALEC reads. Then, you pick up your pencil, and go to the North side of the Dead Sea
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