Day Twenty-three – Shimron Meron – Watchful
“…the king of Shimron Meron, one.” Joshua 12:20 NKJV
Shimron – means watchful, to keep, to guard.
Meron – has no clear definition mentioned of its meaning.
As is my habit of study, I went searching to see if there was any mention of the name Meron anywhere in the Bible. Listed as one of the “officials over King David’s property” was the following line.
“Jehdeiah the Meronothite was over the donkeys.” 1 Chronicles 27:30 NKJV
Jehdeiah touched my heart to the core. Jehdeiah – whom Jehovah makes glad – was watchful, guarded, kept, and met the daily needs, of the humble donkeys of the King.
Lord, I don’t see an enemy here at Shimron Meron, all I see is a sweet, unassuming donkey.
The name Meron from the Hebrew word “mara” means rebel, maltreating, bitter, lashing self with wing, as the ostrich in running.
Causing me to consider, did Joshua face the daily battle of whether to be humble and care for his people or allow the enemy of Shimron Meron to defeat him thereby losing his strength in bitter?
“…but Joshua lodged that night among the people.” Joshua 8:9 NKJV
“So Joshua blessed them…And indeed, when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them.” Joshua 22:7 NKJV
Lord, forgive me the times I complain and mutter in my thoughts, lashing myself with flapping lips like an ostrich on the run. I’m sure it doesn’t make Your heart glad to hear my grumbling.
Strengthen me at this place of Shimron Meron to be watchful in Your ways, as a humble servant caring for the people. Keep a guard over my mouth and keep my feet ever steady, on Your Kingdom path.
“Tell ye the daughter of Zion,
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee,
Meek and sitting upon an (donkey).Matthew 21:5
“Look, your King is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,
Yet He is humble, riding on a donkey –
Riding on a donkey’s colt.”
Zechariah 9:9 NLT
May you too find joy and gladness as the Lord continues to lead us on. Thank you for sharing the journey.
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo by denisebalog©2011
Photo captured on the way to Jerusalem coming out of the area of the Dead Sea and Jericho.