March 19, 2006
Read Joshua 17
Distribution of land to all the tribes; Manasseh fails to drive out Canaanites; Tabernacle set up at
The conquest of
Although they had received some of the best territory in the promised land, the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim complained that they should have more territory given to them because of their great numbers and what they perceived as their prominent position among the tribes (17:14-18). The Ephraimites were proud of their history as descendants of Joseph and that Joshua, the victorious commander who had led in the conquest of
Sadly, these two tribes chose the easy way of compromise with the Canaanites. The blessings of God often depend upon faith and faith without works is dead (James 2:20). It is sometimes wise to refuse to help those who will not help themselves.
When we have our priorities centered upon the Lord, we need not fear losing our share of anything. In fact, we gladly accept less to maintain peace with others. True children of God do not expect others to serve or praise them.
In a striking contrast to the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, Joshua chose to be the last to lay claim to any territory (Joshua 19:49). As captain, we could expect him to be first and to take the best for himself. Instead, he chose last. His choice was a very small area near
17:13 tribute = forced labor; 18:1
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Memory Verse for the Week: Joshua 22:5