Y’hoshua con’t…. Part X

To begin this study at the beginning – click on March 1st and then every highlighted day on the March calendar.

Chapter 17

This chapter tells about the land given to the half tribe of Manassah. The rest of their tribe already had a spot east of the Jordan. These people wanted a great area for their own but they were hesitant to go in and claim it, saying that the people were too much for them. They did not succeed in driving out the Canaanites but put them to forced labor.

When we have things in our lives that are not pleasing to G-d, we simply need to get rid of them. However, this is not always so simple! Instead, we often make a place for our pet sins in our lives and try to live with them. Everyone else’s sin is always so much worse than our own! Let’s ask G-d to check our hearts today and see if there be any sins left lying around. Sin must be recognized and gotten rid of or we can never live up to the full potential G-d has given us.

Chapter 18

“The Congregation of the Children of Israel”……..assembled together at Shiloh.

“Congregation” is the English translation of the phrase “called out ones”. Those that G-d, Himself, has called out and they that have answered the call. The Greek word for this is erroneously translated as “church”. Christian Biblical scholars have taught that the “church” was born at Pentecost (Acts 2:1) another Greek word meaning “50 weeks” or as the Hebrews say “Shavuot”. The “called out” ones were, in fact, called out at Mt Sinai hundreds of years before. The word “church” comes from the pagan word “kirke”. The Old English word KIRKE was the word referring to their pagan places of worship. When they became Christianized, the Anglo-Saxons continued to call their places of worship KIRKES and as the language evolved “churches”. It is still a pagan word and I prefer to say Congregation because G-d did.

The tent of meeting, or tabernacle, was set up at Shiloh. In Samuel, it is erroneously translated as Temple. Remember the Temple was not built until the day of Solomon.

Seven tribes did not yet have their land and Y’hoshua was a little disgusted with that. He told them to pick out three men from each of the seven tribes and to go survey the land and divide it into seven sections. They were then to bring the information to Y’hoshua, who would cast lots before the Lord in Shiloh — there we go with the lots again — to see who got what. Yhudah (Judah) was already situated in the South and Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) in the North.

It turned out that Benyamin received land near Judah and included the city of Jabus (later changed to Yerushalayim or Jerusalem) This was the birthplace of their father, Benyamin, so it rightly belonged to his descendents. He was the only son of Ya’acov (Jacob) born in the Land.

Chapter 19

Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan received their portions. When they finished the task, a special city was given to Y’hoshua. It was the one he asked for – Timnath Serah in the mountains of Ephraim. He was an Ephraimite. This was the end of dividing up the Land.

You might say the Land of Israel was somewhat like the United States of America. Each tribe was responsible for their own portion but they were united under the leadership of Y’hoshua, and ultimately – G-d. Would that that would be true of America!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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