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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27 - Joshua 16-18: Conquered Canaan is Parceled Out (Part 2 of 3)

Today’s Reading: Joshua 16-18

The Message

English Standard Version

Today is day two of three where Canaan is given to the tribes. Unless you really like saying words in Hebrew, try not to say them in your head. Scan through these areas if you are getting bogged down.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Notice the difference in faith between Joshua and the descendents of Joseph.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

The tribe of Manasseh was unable to drive out the Canaanites. They still lived among Israel but were forced laborers. Manasseh's descendents went to Joshua asking for more land. The Canaanites were too strong and had iron chariots. Joshua agreed that Manasseh needed more land but reminded them that they could defeat the Canaanites, iron chariots or no iron chariots.
Seven tribes had not received their inheritance. Joshua went to them and asked why they were waiting. Twenty-one men were chosen to describe the land and return to Joshua. When they returned he apportioned the land according to lot.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

These chapters are included for the generations after the conquest to know how to return the land in the Jubilee.

(Repeat of yesterday's comment)
God's Law stated that the land would return to the original families at the Jubilee. Therefore, a list of who received what was essential to know how to return the land. (Foreshadowing—Israel never obeys the Jubilee commands.)

The tribe of Manasseh shows how God cannot set things right when His Chosen People do not trust His Ability.

The discussion with the Manassehites gives yet another example of how Joshua's faith differs from Israel's. Manasseh's descendents have forgotten God's promise given just a few years ago. They are afraid of the Canaanites and therefore are unwilling and unable to force them out. Joshua has to remind them that Canaan is theirs and they can have it. Unfortunately, they do not trust that saying and the Canaanites stay in their cities. God cannot set things right on this earth when His Chosen People doubt His Abilities.

Manasseh's faith is running low and will come back to hurt them later.

Israel has been at war for almost five years and they still haven't finished conquering the land. This is why the tribe of Manasseh is unable to drive out the Canaanites completely. As time goes by this will become a great stumbling block for them and their need to be (w)holy. When God's Chosen People lose faith in God's abilities their ability to remain holy is compromised.

Be strong and courageous!

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