Did God Fulfill Every Good Promise? Toward a Biblical Understanding of Joshua 21:43–45 (Part 2)

As discussed in Part 1 of the previous edition, some claim that the land promises God made to Abraham were entirely fulfilled with the initial conquest of Canaan. This allegedly means that we should not expect any future fulfillment of the land with Israel. Joshua 21:43–45 is offered as evidence for this view. This understanding, though, does not properly take into account later passages that still affirm the significance of Israel’s land after Joshua. Thus, a proper understanding of the land promises must account for the dimensions of the land as given in the Abrahamic covenant, the affirmation of God’s faithfulness in Joshua, and later passages affirming the importance of the land.