Seven lessons from Joshua 13-21

#1 Joshua 13:1-33 Don’t become a “borderline believer” like the 2&1/2 tribes east of Jordan or those who did not take their land. Enter into the inheritance God appoints for you and rejoice in it. “He will choose our inheritance for us, ” [Psalms 47:4]. The will of God is the expression of the love of God and is always the best for us, however to often we reject it to go our own way.

#2 Joshua 14:1-6 Be encouraged in your pilgrim journey! You have already received your inheritance in Christ and can claim “every spiritual blessing” [Ephesians 1:3] Keep looking up since you have a glorious inheritance before you! The best is yet to come. 1 Peter 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the  resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials

#3 Joshua 14:6-14 We are never too old to make new conquests of faith in the power of the Lord. Like Caleb [who was 85], we can capture mountains and conquer giants if we wholly follow the Lord. No matter how old we become, we must never retire from trusting and serving the Lord. “Caleb wholly followed the Lord God”  is repeated six times in scripture as an example for believers today.

#4 Joshua 15:13-19 The older generation must provide for the next generation, not only materially but most of all spiritually. “Senior Saints” must be examples of believers and encourage the younger generation to trust the Lord and wholly follow Him “going making disciples”. Caleb discipled his daughter and son-in-law Othniel who later became Israel’s first judge.

#5 Joshua 15:1-12, 21-63; chapters 16-20 God wants to give all His people their inheritance, but they have a responsibility to take it in His power.  Nothing should hinder the believer from claiming all that you have in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:20 “to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.”  2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. HCSB

#7 Joshua 20 The cities of refuge may be a picture of our salvation in Jesus Christ, to whom we  “have fled for refuge” [Hebrews 6:18] Unless you have fled by faith to Jesus Christ, you aren’t saved! Since our sins put Jesus on the cross, all of us are guilty of His death. He is the only Savior, and apart from faith in Him, there is no salvation. Have you fled to Him?


Context: The Lord commanded Joshua to apportion the land of Canaan (Josh. 13:1-7).

#1 The tribes of [1] Reuben and [2] Gad and half the tribe of [3] Manasseh had chosen to settle east of the Jordan (13:8-14). Reuben received the southern territory (13:15-23), Gad the central territory (13:24-28), and Manasseh the northern region (13:29-33). These tribes sought this region because it had good land for agriculture.

#2 Joshua 14:1-6

#3 & #4  As the allotment of Canaan began, Caleb, who along with Joshua was a faithful spy when Israel spied out the land, requested the hill country of Hebron (14:6-15). He was about 85 and asks for the hill country where strong fighters lived. He received his portion in what would be  [4] Judah and subdued the area.

#5-#6 Judah received a large southern territory (15:1-12) and claimed a significant number of cities (15:20-62). However, Judah could not expel the Jebusites from Jerusalem (15:63).

            Ephraim and Manasseh were sons’s of Joseph and received his share. [5] Ephraim’s territory lay in Canaan’s heartland (16:1-9). The Ephraimites also failed to drive out the Canaanite population (16:10).

The large tribe of [3] Manasseh also received territory in Canaan but could not defeat the Canaanite peoples (17:7-13). Joshua urged the Manassites to claim God’s promise and take their portion as their own (17:14-18) when the sons of Joseph claimed they did not have enough land.

Joshua sent a delegation from Shiloh to survey Canaan’s remaining territory (18:1-6). He then determined the remaining seven tribal portions by lot (18:8-10).

[6] Benjamin lay north of Judah and south of Ephraim (18:11-28). [7] Simeon received territory within Judah’s allotment (19:1-9), while [8] Zebulun’s portion sat between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea to the north (19:10-16). [9]Issachar also settled in the northern region (19:17-23), while [10] Asher received the northwestern region along the Mediterranean coast (19:24-31). [11] Naphtali’s territory extended above the Sea of Galilee (19:32-39). [12] Dan received land immediately to Judah’s north (19:40-46), but lost it to the Canaanites. The Danites moved far north, conquered the city of Leshem, and renamed it Dan (19:47-48).

Joshua’s portion in [5] Ephraim completed the territorial allotments (19:49-51).

#7 Six cities of refuge protected those who accidentally caused a fellow Israelite’s death (20:1-9). Three cities on west side of Jordan in Naphtali, Ephraim & Judah. Three cities on east side of Jordan in Manasseh, Gad & Reuben.

Israel also allocated 48 cities where the [13] Levites could live and provide instruction for the other tribes (21:1-42). The text highlights God’s faithfulness throughout the conquest (21:43-45).

Joshua then dismissed the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh to claim their eastern inheritance (22:1-8). As they journeyed home, these tribes built an altar along the Jordan, an action the other tribes viewed with concern (22:9-12). A delegation set out to determine if the eastern tribes had built the altar in violation of the Law of Moses (22:13-20). The eastern tribes replied that they had only built it for memorial purposes as a reminder of their common faith with their relatives in Canaan (22:21-29). The western delegation returned home and shared the good news with their respective tribes (22:30-34).

The 7 Lessons are partially from  Warren Wiersbe’s “The Wiersbe Bible Commentary–the complete Old Testament in one volume” I recommend your buying this volume for your study library.

Henry Luke 12/30/2016


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