Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Joshua 17

Joshua continues to divvy up the Promised Land to the Israelites. In this chapter, we learn how the allotments of the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim get even more confusing. I just kinda threw my hands up on keeping track of these two. On a more clear and positive note, though, we do see a promise being kept and women being treated fairly in this chapter. We read the story of Zelophehad’s daughters in a past chapter (PLEASE don’t ask me which one), and we get to see here that God honored His promise of granting land to them. He even went one further and granted the tribe of Manasseh more land than which they were entitled because of these five ladies. Yay, God! Yay, ladies! Ok, I know some people are still saying, “Why weren’t women just treated equally anyway?” I don’t know. We’ve discussed “womanly” and “manly” roles in the past and the reasons for them, so I’d have to go back to those chats and say: because that’s just the way God made us. Here, though, we at least see that God did not make us black and white. I’m not talking skin colors here, either. I mean, He didn’t make rules that could never be broken. He allows for exceptions time and time and time and time again … and is still allowing for them today.

Writing prompt: the exception

Have you ever been the exception to a rule? Write about what it was and how you felt about being singled out for it.


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