“So Joshua took the whole land … for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war” (11:23). Israel was not called to be a nation forever at war; they looked forward to settling in the Promised Land. But their future there would depend on their faithfulness to God’s covenant, His Law and His ways. If they mingled with idolatrous neighbors, they would slide back into sin, and the covenant would be broken.
Israel’s most precious inheritance was God’s presence among them. “The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long" (Deut 33:12).