Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
 

13:1 stricken in years. There is no set “retirement age” for the servant of God, for there is always much land yet to be possessed for his Lord. Note Psalm 71:17-18; 92:12-14. There is still more study of God’s Word, more people needing to hear about Christ, more people with whom to share God’s comfort, more money to earn for His work, and certainly much yet to pray about.

13:1 land to be possessed. The combined armies of Israel had defeated the key cities and their forces, so that the remaining cities and their inhabitants could be assigned to the individual tribes that were given their respective territories. Joshua was responsible to get the land properly divided before he died, so Joshua 13–22 deals in detail with this final responsibility of his.


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