Bible Pathways 03/19/2003
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- 2003 Mar 19
Read Joshua 17 -- 19
In Today 's Reading:
Distribution of land to all the tribes; Manasseh fails to drive out Canaanites; tabernacle set up at Shiloh; Joshua's inheritance
The conquest of Canaan was completed and the land was divided, not by majority vote, but by the Lord. When the entire Israelite community assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there; the land had been subdued by them. . . . Joshua cast lots for them at Shiloh in the presence of the LORD; there he distributed the land to the Israelites (Joshua 18:1,10).
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 Canaan, was also from their tribe.
Sadly, these two tribes chose the easy way of compromise with the Canaanites. The blessings of God often depend upon faith: Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? (James 2:20). It is 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 men 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 take the best for himself. Instead, he chose last. His choice was a very small area near Shiloh where the tabernacle was erected and where he could best worship and serve the Lord. It was there, in the nearness of the Lord's presence, that Joshua built his small city Joshua illustrates the importance to be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. . . . Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. . . . Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you (Romans 12:11; James 4:7,10).
Through Shiloh. The entire Israelie community assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting (Joshua 18:1). Shiloh was the dwelling place of God's presence, which was within the tent of meeting and was prophetic of Jesus. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and took up residence (tabernacled) among us (John 1:14).
Prayer Needs ? Country:
St. Kitts-Nevis (42,000) in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies · Major language: English · Religious freedom · 74% Protestant; 7% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Ask for understanding of the word of God as you read each day (Psalms 119:34).
Optional Reading: John 10
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:15