Friday, February 08, 2008

Manasseh and Ephraim's Portion Joshua 16

Joshua 16:1 "And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho unto the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goeth up from Jericho througghout mount Bethel,"

You will notice the comma after this verse, the border markings continue in the next verses.

Manasseh and Ephraim were the children of Joseph.

We are starting to see something happen in the next chapters. At first, the whole congregation went out to fight together. Now, it is starting to happen that those who inherit their portion are fighting for that part. They are becoming slow to possess the land. Also, some of the locals are remaining in the land.

v10 "And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezar: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute."

Remember in Numbers 33:55 where the LORD is telling them the consequence of not driving out all the people of Canaan:

"But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. v56 Moreover it shall come to pass that I shall do unto you as I thought to do unto them."

Israel is still moving forward but here and there some people are allowed to stay and dwell with them. It was not the plan.

Psalms 33:13 "The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men."

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