Joshua 19

Joshua 19 has the final assignments being given for the Promised Land to the last seven tribes.  The second lot drawn was for the tribe of Simeon who was given seventeen cities.  Interestingly, their land was actually first given to the tribe of Judah.  “The inheritance of the people of Simeon formed part of the territory of the people of Judah….the portion of the people of Judah was too large for them”.  So Joshua took some of the land that had originally been given to Judah and handed it to Simeon.

Then comes lots three through seven.  It went as follows:

Lot 3 – Zebulun – twelve cities

Lot 4 –  Issachar – sixteen cities

Lot 5 –  Asher – twenty-two cities

Lot 6 –  Naphtali – nineteen cities

Lot 7 –  Dan – seventeen cities

Joshua has handled the hard work of dividing up the covenant land that God promised Abraham so many generations earlier.  But there was one more thing to be done.  “When they had finished distributing the several territories of the land as inheritances, the people of Israel gave an inheritance among them to Joshua the son of Nun….they gave him the city that he asked, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim”.  Joshua was promised his own little part of heaven, and they gave it to him by command of the Lord.

It wasn’t quite move in ready, but “he rebuilt the city and settled in it”.  Joshua has fulfilled the leadership role he was assigned.  He assisted Moses for 40 years and then led God’s people the final steps to claim their Promised Land.  The division was done by “Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel distributed by lot at Shiloh before the Lord, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land.”  They got the work done.  They did the job well.  Everyone has their home!

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