This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

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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 throughout mount Bethel,

The description in this chapter is of the inheritance for the tribe of Ephraim. Manasseh was the oldest son of Joseph, but when Jacob had adopted and blessed the sons, he blessed Ephraim as if he were the first-born.
Manasseh had already received 1/2 of the tribe's alotment on the East side of Jordan, and will receive another 1/2 in the following chapter.
Joseph was not Jacob's OLDEST, but was the oldest of the wife Jacob LOVED. Therefore, the inheritance of Ephraim and Manasseh are important - they represent the eldest.

2 And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto the borders of Archi to Ataroth, 3 And goeth down westward to the coast of Japhleti, unto the coast of Beth-horon the nether, and to Gezer: and the goings out thereof are at the sea. 4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance. 5 And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: even the border of their inheritance on the east side was Atarothaddar, unto Beth-horon the upper; 6 And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side; and the border went about eastward unto Ta'anath-shiloh, and passed by it on the east to Janohah; 7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan. 8 The border went out from Tappuah westward unto the river Kanah; and the goings out thereof were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families. 9 And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.

The area begins with an Eastern bordre of Jordan near Jericho, goes West to about Aphek where the Kanah river drops off it's tributary. Then the border drops South to Gezer and goes East back to the Jordan just above Gilgal.
A final note in verse 10 tell us that Ephraim became lax in the conquering of the land, and did not completely drive out all the inhabitants of the SW corner (Gezer).
The eldest son didn't set a good example!
When God gives us a job to do, we should do it thoroughly and not grow lax in the work.

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.

An area had already been given to Machir, Manasseh's oldest son; and it was divided between Gilead and Bashan who were Machir's sons.

2 There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.

Now an area is given to the rest of Manasseh's tribe for the other 5 sons.

3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.

It was in Manasseh's tribe that Zelophehad had no sons. He had 5 daughters. These 5 daughters had approached Moses about not receiving an inheritance, and God, through Moses, told them they would receive an area also.

5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan; 6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.

Therefore, the tribes' remaining area was divided equally amont TEN; the five remaining sons, and the five daughters of Zelophehad.
Tell me that God doesn't treat women fairly!!
LISTEN MEN! God made men out of DIRT! But God made woman out of warm flesh and blood. And he made her out of that area of man that is tender, and one of the most protected areas of our body - the side.
While there are certain things that God forbids women do, we must remember that God wants women treated FAIRLY!

7 And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah, that lieth before Shechem; and the border went along on the right hand unto the inhabitants of Entappuah. 8 Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim; 9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea: 10 Southward it was Ephraim's, and northward it was Manasseh's, and the sea is his border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east. 11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries. 12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

These verses are a description of the land. And then there is a note about the failure of the tribe to drive out the Canaanites. The tribe was strong though, and forced the Canaanites to pay in order to stay.

14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto? 15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee. 16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel. 17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only: 18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.

Now the tribe comes to Joshua saying the land is not BIG enough! Well, it WOULD be large enough if they's followed God's directions!
Our USA would not be so corrupt if Christians followed God's directions!
Joshua is kind, and suggest that they cut down the trees in the hills and mountains and make new cities there.
Notice Joshua's charge to them (verse 17", "..thou art a GREAT people, and hast GREAT power..." He also tells them that God only alotted them one area, and they must be satisfied with it.
Then Joshua further charges them (verse 18), "..thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong."
When Jesus ascended to heaven, he left the disciples a CHARGE: "ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
That charge still exists to God's people today! We are responsible for carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth for our Lord. And that includes being WITNESSES where we LIVE!
No matter how strong the ole devil may be, we are given the power and presence of God Almighty to accomplish our mission.
We are a GREAT people and STRONG, and we can accomplish the mission. The "...weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." (2Corinthians 10:4).
Why are Christians today not affecting the place where they live? Are we complaining because the land is not enough, and the inhabitants are too strong?
Why are Christians not sharing the gospel in all the world? Are we growing LAX in our effort?
1John 4:4 says, "...GREATER is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

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