by Harley Howard

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The Book of Joshua Chapter 18-19 (11 of 15)
Harley Howard

Read vs 1

Shiloh means, place of rest. It was a city in Ephraim.
Shiloh was also in the center of the land and a good
central point where all could meet. There may be more
to the placement of the tabernacle then just being
placed in the center of the land. It may well have
symbolized Israel's need to be reminded that the
center of everything they experienced as a nation was
because of the Lord. Also it would be a place to
remind the tribes of national unity. There may have
been a tendency on the part of the tribes to stay away
in their own land. The placement of the tabernacle, in
one sense, eliminated that problem.

Read vs 2

Now here is something interesting. 7 tribes did not
possess the land allotted to them! As much as Israel
whined about the land of milk and honey, here are 7
tribes who frankly were lazy in possessing the land.

Read vs 3

Joshua rebuked these lazy 7 for their slackness in
possessing the land given to them by the Lord. Look at
the verse again CAREFULLY (read). Who gave it to them?
It was the Lord who gave them that land. Their
laziness was not some light thing - it was willful sin
and rebellion against God and a refusal of God's
provisions. They were so programmed in the wilderness
that they stayed content to continue on and not
change. What I love about Joshua is that he tells the
truth. He called them slack, lazy, idle. The land
being allocated to the various tribes, it was time for
them to initiate the possession of it. It was up to
them to go in and possess the land.

4 Give out from among you three men for [each] tribe:
and I will send them, and they shall rise, and go
through the land, and describe it according to the
inheritance of them; and they shall come [again] to

5 And they shall divide it into seven parts: Judah
shall abide in their coast on the south, and the house
of Joseph shall ...

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