Joshua 13:24-33 (NIV) 24 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Gad, clan by clan: 25 The territory of Jazer, all the towns of Gilead and half the Ammonite country as far as Aroer, near Rabbah; 26 and from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir; 27 and in the valley, Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Succoth and Zaphon with the rest of the realm of Sihon king of Heshbon (the east side of the Jordan, the territory up to the end of the Sea of Kinnereth). 28 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Gadites, clan by clan. 29 This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, clan by clan: 30 The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, the entire realm of Og king of Bashan–all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns, 31 half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh–for half of the sons of Makir, clan by clan. 32 This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of Moab across the Jordan east of Jericho. 33 But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.
On verses 24-33: Verses 24 to 28 describe the lands that Moses had allotted to the tribe of Gad, and then verses 29 to 32 describe the lands that Moses had allotted to half of the tribe of Manasseh. But then verse 33 makes a contrast between what Gad and Manasseh got and what the tribe of Levi got. Just as verse 14 did earlier, here verse 33 tells of how the tribe of Levi did not receive any land from Moses. Instead the inheritance given to the tribe of Levi was that they got to be priests who enjoyed a special relationship and closeness to God. As verse 33 says, “to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.”
What can we learn from this? As believers in Jesus Christ, you are priests in God’s kingdom (1 Peter 2:9) and have a secure inheritance, which is God Himself and your relationship with Him. This inheritance is far more precious, more permanent and more protected than any material possession you can own on earth. This inheritance brings more peace, joy, and wealth than any real estate could. Whereas land can be taken away and invaded by others, no one can take away from us the inheritance that is your relationship with God. 1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of this inheritance this way:
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you
Praise God that in Him you have an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for you to enjoy for eternity. That inheritance is God Himself, your relationship with Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You that through Jesus Christ I have a secure and delightful inheritance: it’s my relationship with You. This inheritance is more precious, more peace-producing, and longer lasting than any land or material good I could receive, and it can never be taken away from me. Thank You that I get to enjoy this inheritance right now on earth and even more so for eternity in heaven. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!