My Altar’s Bigger Than Yours (Joshua 21-22)

In Joshua 21, the Levites finally catch a break and inherit some land (despite their slave status). Their land has pasture land, which differentiates it from everyone else’s: “And to the descendents of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, the city of refuge for the slayer, with its pasture lands, Libnah with its pasture lands, Jattir with its pasture lands, Eshtemoa with its pasture lands, Holon with its pasture lands, Debir with its pasture lands, Ain with its pasture lands…” (Jos 21:13-16). We get it – pasture lands are included. 

The Israelites get all upitty in Joshua 22 because the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh have the gall to build an altar on their own. When I started reading this chapter I thought, “What’s the problem here? Don’t the Israelites want everyone to love God?”. Apparently not. Much like the chubby girl who’s found her way into the confidence of the pretty, popular girl, they are fiercely jealous and possessive. “What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?” they demand (Jos 22:24). See, the problem is, the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh live on the other side of the Jordan and, if I’ve learned anything from 80s movies, you can’t live on the wrong side of the tracks and expect things to work out for you (at least not until you’ve stiched together your own rockin’ prom dress).

Duckie was gay, right? Maybe not, based on the shot of his room in the above montage. It looked like a crack whore’s. More bolero ties, please!

Anyways, the Israelites confront the Reubenites, Gadites and Manasseh, accussing them of basically being copy-cats (ridiculous). In response, the Reubenites, Gadites and Manasseh say something along the lines of, “We just wanted to be like you,” which soothes the fragile, collective ego of the Israelites (who then can hopefully move on to reacting to things that actually matter).

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