Joshua 15:20-44 (NIV) 20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah, clan by clan: 21 The southernmost towns of the tribe of Judah in the Negev toward the boundary of Edom were: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (that is, Hazor), 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 28 Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29 Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30 Eltolad, Kesil, Hormah, 31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain and Rimmon–a total of twenty-nine towns and their villages. 33 In the western foothills: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shaaraim, Adithaim and Gederah (or Gederothaim)–fourteen towns and their villages. 37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel, 39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40 Cabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah and Makkedah–sixteen towns and their villages. 42 Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44 Keilah, Aczib and Mareshah–nine towns and their villages.
On verses 20-44: Here we start to get a list of the towns and villages that were included in the southlands and western foothills given to the tribe of Judah. While some of these towns are only ever mentioned here in Joshua 15 and not anywhere else in the Bible, other towns would become famous because of what David would later do in these towns. For example, when King Saul was on a hunt to kill David, David went into hiding in the Desert of Ziph (v24; see 1 Samuel 23:14). When running away from Saul, David found favour with the Philistines and was given control of the town of Ziklag (v31), which at the time was under Philistine control (1 Samuel 27:6). When Keilah (v44) was under attack by the Philistines, David inquired of the Lord and then went with his men to rescue Keilah (1 Samuel 23:1-5).
What can we learn from this? The towns ofZiph, Ziklag and Keilah are now famous because of what David did in them. When it comes to the town or city you live in or come from, I pray that your town or city would become famous for what Jesus the Son of David will do there. May our cities become places that are known for what Jesus did. Just as Ziph was a hiding place for David, may your city be a resting place for the presence of God. Just as Ziklag was a place David took over, may your city be taken over by Jesus and His kingdom. Just as Keilah was a town that David saved, may your city be a place where people are rescued and saved by the power of Jesus.
By the way, in case your wondering, verses 21 to 32 list 36 towns, but verse 32 says there are only 29 towns. Why? The Bible Knowledge Commentary suggests that it is because seven of these towns were later assigned to the tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:1-7). Another possible reason is perhaps because in this list there were 29 later towns and seven smaller “villages”.
Heavenly Father, just as David made some of these towns famous by what he did, I pray for Vancouver and every city where Thrive has a presence or will one day have a presence. May our cities become famous for what Jesus the Son of David will do. May our cities be places where Your presence reigns, Your power is shown and Your name is known. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!