Read thru Old Testament Devotional – March 26, 2017

March 26

 

Joshua 16-18

 

Dividing the Land of Canaan                Joshua 13:1-21:45, cont’d.

 

Joshua 16:1-10-The Territory of Ephraim (1/2 tribe of Joseph)

They did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer and they lived there “to this day, and they became forced laborers” (:10).

 

Joshua 17:1-18-The Territory of Manasseh (1/2 tribe of Joseph)

The daughters of Zelophehad were given an inheritance since he had no son.  They sons of Manasseh did not drive out the Canaanites, but made them into forced laborers.

 

Joshua 18:1-10                Surveying the Remainder of Canaan

Joshua 18:1-10-Israel meets at Shiloh.  This was 10 miles north of Bethel.  There, they pitched the Tabernacle.  It would remain there during the period of the Judges (see 22:9,12; 1 Samuel 1:3).

The last 7 tribes had not yet been assigned their land...so Joshua had them do a survey to determine how to divide it.  He sent three men from each of the tribes to scout out the land.  They divided it into 7 sections and then he cast lots to determine which tribe would get which section of land.

 

Joshua 18:11-28-The Territory of Benjamin

 

Prayer: Father, Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in their land.  In years to come, these Canaanites became a thorn in their flesh and a stumbling block…leading them to become involved in worship of their false gods.  Please help me, Lord, to be completely free of those influences in my life that would lead me away from You.  Holy Spirit, please fill me to the extent that there is no room left for anything else.

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