Oh, the times they are a-changin’. We haven’t seen a whole lot about the Israelite women so far. We’ve seen some names here and there, but this chapter turns the tables a bit for the womenfolk. It’s kind of a tough one for me. On one hand, I want to cheer because the women are recognized properly, but on the other hand, I’m like, why were women excluded in the first place? So many questions to ask Jesus.
The second half of the chapter highlights a new beginning for the Israelites. So far, the only leader they’ve known has been Moses. Aaron’s death and the following appointment of his son Eleazar to the priest top spot, though, kind of softened the blow of easing into new leadership. Still, no pressure, Joshua!
The use of the Urim also caught my eye. Somehow, at one time, casting lots and using objects to reveal God’s will was ok. Like I’ve said in the past, my theory is that people became too attached to the object and forgot about the God behind it, and that’s why we don’t use objects to communicate with God anymore. Plus, we don’t need to. We have Jesus and the Holy Spirit (just like Joshua), so we have a direct communication line with God all day, every day. No Urim needed.
Writing prompt: women or Urim
Write about your take on either women gaining a few land rights or sacred objects like the Urim from the Old Testament.