November 3, 2020

Joshua 18:1-end– Verses 1-2 reads “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.”

Finally a place God wanted them to erect the tabernacle of meeting was located at Shiloh. This place will be where all of the children of Israel will congregate to worship God. Two and half tribes received their inheritance before they crossed Jordan while Moses was still alive. After crossing Jordan, the remaining tribe of Joseph received their allocation, and Judah also received his. Judah was on the southern part while Joseph was on the northern part. There are yet many lands to conquer but they seemed not to have the courage to fight anymore. Joshua charged them to choose three men from each tribe to explore the remaining lands and describe them into seven portions and bring the description to him so that he could cast lots for them before the LORD. The men carried out these instructions and reported to Joshua, and Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD, and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions (v.10). From verse 11 to 27 (end) we have the detailed description of the land allotted to the tribe of Benjamin by lot. Chapter 19 described the lands for the tribes of Simeon,  Zebulum, Issachar, Asher, Naphthali, and Dan.

Chapter 19:49-50 reads “When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua, the son of Nun among them. According to the word of the LORD, they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnath-serah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt there. This chapter ends with the statement “These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country.” (v. 51).

These chapters are the fulfillment of the promises God made for the children of Israel, the land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey have now become theirs. These were written so that we can have a solid faith in God and in whatever His mouth had spoken or will yet speak to us. Life is a journey, and he did not promise us that it will be smooth all the way, as we have seen in the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the land of promise. He did promise that He would be with us even when we are passing through fire, or waters, He will be there with us. (Isaiah 43:2). That is if we are going through different storms of life, be it sickness, scarcity, persecution, or any form of difficulty, He promised to see us through. All He needs from us is our Trust in Him. We have to be obedient to His commands and then continue to wait on Him. We should not take any step that will lead us away from Him. We are the sheep of His pasture, and we must dwell continuously under His shadow so that He can cover us with His wings.

Those of us in the USA are trusting God today for a decision that God alone can uphold. It does not matter what we want or think, it is the WILL of God that will prevail in the election to the presidency of America. He is the ONE who reigns over the whole earth, and He is the kingmaker. He enthrones and dethrones, and all power belong to Him. Please LORD, be enthroned in our individual lives, and also in our families and in our world. May Your Name be praised for ever and ever. Amen!

 

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