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It was time to take their inheritance. Israel had seen God clear the land for them. He started the work of dividing the land. Now seven of the tribes were simply sitting and watching and somehow hoping that the land would settle itself. Joshua knew that it was easier to do nothing than to claim the inheritance God provided. So, as God’s leader he did what any good leader would do—he sent the people out to take their lands. It was no easy task to divide the lands in a way that made everyone happy, but, he involved the people and the Lord to make the process as objective as he could.
In our lives, God gives us opportunities to trust him and he provides us with blessings. Often, we sit back and fail to claim the blessing he has already provided–simply because we find it easier to complain than to act. God tells us as he did Israel—what are you waiting for—go inherit the land. If we will humbly trust him and move forward, he will amaze us with the blessing he pours out. We need not fear, we simply follow his lead and allow him to execute his plan for our lives. Help me, Lord, to claim what you have bestowed upon me.
God Bless You
The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The country was brought under their control, 2 but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance.
3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? 4 Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it, according to the inheritance of each. Then they will return to me. 5 You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south and the tribes of Joseph in their territory on the north. 6 After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots for you in the presence of the Lord our God. 7 The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the Lord is their inheritance. And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the Lord gave it to them.”
The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”
15 “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites.”
16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”
17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”