We reach the end of Joshua. The book and the man.
This book has a satisfying ending (a sense of completion) unlike most of the previous books we've been thru.
The Levites get their cities and everyone goes off happy to their own little piece of the Promised Land.
21:43-45 Tells us that the LORD has given the Israelites all the land he swore unto them, but the previous chapters give us several instances were he couldn't drive out the rightful owners of the land(16:10, 17:12). He shouldn't have over-promised.
But wait! The children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an alter in their land on the other side of Jordan. Surely they must be up to no good! The rest of the Israelites send an investigative party to find out why. they're (rightly) afraid that God will punish everyone for the crimes of the few.
Turns out everyone was worried about nothing as the alter is for praising the LORD.
Here's a Hmmmm moment. God asks the Israelites which of the many gods they will serve. Him, the pre-flood gods or the god of the Amorites.
He seems to give them a choice here where, before they got to the promised land, he would have destroyed them . Interesting.
24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We end with another recap of God mass killings before Joshua takes his final bows before the people.
I'm curious. Apart from the need to change the name, this book seems like it should be part of the Pentateuch. It's a direct continuation of the story and bookends Exodus nicely.
Is the separation due only to being written AFTER the death of Moses?
Anyway, now that the Israelites are settled into the Promised Land, I'm guessing that the Book of Judges will be much more peaceful.