Renewing the Conquest Judges 1:1-15

The land had been given. There could be no doubt about that. In the ancient covenant which Jehovah had made with Abram, He said: “Unto thy seed have I given this land.” See Gen_15:18. It had also been conquered and divided by lot, as we learn in Jos_14:1-5. The portion of Judah is specified in Jos_15:1-63. But notwithstanding all, each tribe had to possess its own, first by the sword, and ultimately by the plow and the spade.

It is not enough to be assured that “we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.” We must possess our possessions. By faith, and patience, and daily use, we must appropriate the resources which are stored up in Christ Jesus. See Oba_1:17; Eph_1:3. Let us not be content with the nether springs of ordinary experience, but let us seek the upper springs that arise hard by the throne of God!

“Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!…
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!”