Joshua 18

Joshua 18 has Joshua calling the “whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there”.  He is ready to put this land acquisition and assignment behind him.  But there were “seven tribes whose inheritance had not yet been apportioned”.  He had successfully assigned five tribes to their inheritance, and the Levites won’t be getting any, but the other seven are not getting it done.   So Joshau calls them together and tells them to get with the program.

“How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you”?  God has made a promise and covenant to give each tribe their own part of the Promised Land.  But for some reason, these last seven tribes are not taking action.  They haven’t gone out and conquered the land and created their future.  So Joshua has them all together to try and motivate some action.  And he gives them a plan to get it done.

“Provide three men from each tribe, and I will send them out that they may set out and go up and down the land. They shall write a description of it with a view to their inheritances, and then come to me”.  This is not really any different than what he had done some 45 plus years ago.  Go out and look over the land and find out what is there.  So he sends them out and they are instructed to make notes of what they see and what there is to  be handed out.  And then bring back the list to Joshua who would take it from there.

Of course, he used only the most sophisticated tools to divide up the remaining land.  He looked at the territory knowing he needed to divide it into seven portions. And then he “cast lots for you here before the Lord our God”.  Sometimes we make things far too complicated.  Joshua had 21 men go out and scout the land and write down what they found. “Joshua apportioned the land to the people of Israel, to each his portion” based on how God directed the lots to be drawn.  It was simple and effective.  And it accomplished the desired result.  The land was assigned and the people could get on with life.

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