The Leader Set Apart, Distributes the Limitless Land Set Apart, for a People Set Apart, Who Limited their Inheritance.... Joshua 17:14-18
God said to Joshua repeatedly and over and over again, that He had already accomplished victory over Israel’s Canaanite enemies before the army even went to battle, and everywhere their foot touched, the land was theirs, Joshua 1:3-4. But, by the time we come to Chapter 17, we see that some of the tribes didn't want their full inheritance and they compromised with their enemies and gave so much of excuses to possess their inheritance.
This is like walking down the aisle to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and then warming up the pews for the rest of our lives,waiting to go to heaven to enjoy the inheritance after we exited earth, while enjoying the fruit of someone else barely making an impact on anyone else.
Along with our salvation and inheritance come duties and responsibilities which we don't want to know about. Though we enter in the Rest of Jesus spiritually, there is so much to be done physically, because there are so many territories to be conquered for Him.
We live in a hostile environment and Satan is still the Prince of the World, but a defeated foe, with no authority or power over the Redeemed ones, and yet we are deceived into compromising our inheritance, instead of conquering and occupying..
Israel was looking forward to finally entering the Promised Land and owning their own Real Estate for each Tribe, Clan and Family.
What they didn’t realize was that connected with the inheritance of the land was an obligation to finish conquering it and to occupy fully.
The 12 tribes were a formidable army to take the whole of Canaan but as we see in Joshua Chapter 17, the army of Israel had mostly disbanded and each tribe fielded its own task force. Each tribe was primarily concerned for itself and not as a Nation on the whole. In Chapter 18, seven tribes had yet to receive their inheritance. They became complacent.
It was not that they were not given land. It was because they refused it because they could not be bothered to take responsibility to conquer and govern!
Let us Look at gist of some of the disputes among the tribes....Joshua 17:14-18.
Ephraim and Manessah were unhappy with the amount of land they received and they wanted more. Since they were Joseph’s sons they certainly deserved special treatment. They were unhappy with the land allotment process and arrogantly lodged a complaint to Joshua.
Joshua was too brilliant a leader, so experienced and tough to accept any nonsense from the Joseph tribes and he suggested that since they pride in themselves as being so great and mighty that they ought to use some of their vast labour force to clear the trees for fields, and to take all land they needed from their Canaanite. The Joseph tribes wanted everything on a silver platter. They wanted land from other tribes, which other tribes fought and conquered.
Now they are whining even more saying that the forest land was not enough and the people occupying the Valley are more powerful and have iron chariots, Joshua 17:16. But, the fact is according to the census, they were a large number to take out the occupants, and territory given to the sons of Joseph was quite large, at least as large as Judah’s and it was the most fertile land and these two tribes could feed the whole 12 tribes.
The request of the Joseph tribes had no merit and it was self - serving. Joshua stuck to his decision and reiterated that since they were confident in their vast population, it should not be beyond them to defeat these Canaanites with their iron chariots, Joshua 17:17-18.
Dear Child of God, Remember that, God set apart Joshua to distribute, the Promised Land, which was set apart for His Chosen people who God set apart to inherit the limitless land for all the families of the Tribes. But, they limited themselves and were content with what they had because of excuse, laziness, compromise and not wanting to take responsibility.
We as believers are accountable to God for everything God has given, and to be responsible for every blessing, to expand our territories for Him. We are take back from Satan what is rightfully ours and bring people into the Kingdom of His Light by actively exercising our Believers Authority and being responsible as Kingdom Citizen to obey the Word of God and to be the selfless servant like Joshua....Amen
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Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the lord's good promise to the house of Israel failed,everyone was fulfilled.
God's people were still slaves in Egypt when they first heard the lord's promise to give them a homeland full of everything they needed to prosper.Exodus 3:8 I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land... Israelites had to do their part.They went for battle,taking possession of the land,the lord has promised them.
Fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham's descendants the land
Gen 12:7...The lord appeared to Abram and said To your offspring I will give this land Jos 1:2 lord said to Joshua... Now then you and all these people,get ready to cross the Jordan river into the land I am about to give to them _ to the Israelites
God is faithful in fulfilling every promise He gives us.Fulfillment of some promises took years but everyone is fulfilled in His time.
Joshua: 20:9 "These were the cities designated for all the people of Israel and for the stranger sojourning among them... --- that anyone who killed a person without intent-----till he stood before the congregation"
⚡ In the Law of Moses, predetermined murder was punishable by death, but accidental killing was not. (Exodus: 21: 12-14) Moses
was commanded to establish 6 cities of refuge from the total 48 given to the Levites. (Num: 35: 6,7)
⚡ God did not decide to designate these cities instantly. He had pre planned it before 40 years, and asked Moses to separate these shelters, along with His other Laws transacted at Mt. Sinai (Exodus: 21:13) This asylum was not limited to the people of Israel but
was extended to the stranger and sojourner among them. These cities were located on each side of Jordan, so that any one who killed a person accidentally could flee there for protection.
⚡Let us look into the names of the cities of refuge and their meaning.
I. Kedesh= Righteousness
⚡Righteousness for the guilty, of whom I am chief.
2. Shechem= Shoulder
⚡Do you need a shoulder-- He cares for you.
⚡No matter what you have done, He offers you fellowship.
4. Bezer = Fortress
⚡Do you need a safe place- He is a fortress.
5. Ramoth = Exalted
⚡God must be exalted through our life.
6. Golan = Joy
⚡God can turn your agony into Joy. The cities of refuge can be viewed as a foreshadow of God's plan for our Salvation through Jesus Christ. Through shedding of His blood, Jesus offers us protection from eternal death and separation from God, if we confess our sins and take refuge in Him. He is our high priest, who acquits us from the condemnation of the Law. David is a great example of some one who knew God as his refuge. He testifies," The Lord redeems the life of his servants, none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned" (Psalm: 34:22)
We may be tempted to look for safety in things other than God, but such things can only provide a false security. With David
we can say confidently to the Lord," You are my hiding place, You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm: 32: 7)
Solomon says, "The name of the LORD is a fortified tower: the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs: 18:10)
Dr. Thomas David?
How does this passage prove the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promises?
God gave Israel all the land He had promised to give their forefathers. They took possession of the Promised Land and settled there. The LORD gave rest on every side just as He had sworn to their forefathers. The LORD handed over all their enemies to them. Not one of all the good promises to the house of Israel failed. EVERY ONE WAS FULFILLED.
When did the allotment for Joshua take place?
Joshua was a courageous leader of the Israelites who led the children of Israel into every battle. We may imagine the first allotment was for Joshua. It was not so. Only after the land was divided into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua an inheritance among them.
He looked at himself not as a king or war lord but as a SERVANT OF GOD commissioned to bring the LORD'S people into the Promised Land. The assignment to Caleb was treated first and the allotment to Joshua last. They gave him the town he asked for and he settled there.
Why were the cities of refuge designated?
Cities of refuge were designated so that any one who kills a person unintentionally or accidentally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood prior to trial before the assembly.
There had never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to man? When was this day?
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites to Israel Joshua said to the LORD O sun stand still over Gibeon, O moon over the valley of Aijalon. So the LORD made the sun stand still and the moon stop for a full day.
The horses were hamstrung. What does this mean?
The tendon above the ankles of a horse was cut crippling the horse. It would not be able to walk and became useless. This was done to the large number of the horses when the northern kings were defeated.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
The Lord keep everyone on the promises