Fulfilled Promises

  • So, do you remember those promises made to Abraham where we were reading back in Genesis? One of those promises was a land promise. God told Abraham that all of the land that he could see would be given to his descendants. That land being the land of Canaan.

    It is at this point in Joshua that the tribes of Israel (descendants of Abraham) are finally receiving their promises. It has been so long since the promise not because God couldn't fulfill it until now, but because of the disobedience of His people.

    One interesting verse is at the end of the chapter. They did not drive out all of the Canaanites. God had commanded that they be driven out and this later becomes a problem to them. When we refuse to completely do what God commands, it will always come back and cause us trouble somewhere down the line.

    Joshua 16:1, "The lot fell to the children of Joseph from the Jordan, by Jericho, to the waters of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from Jericho through the mountains to Bethel, [2] then went out from Bethel to Luz, passed along to the border of the Archites at Ataroth, [3] and went down westward to the boundary of the Japhletites, as far as the boundary of Lower Beth Horon to Gezer; and it ended at the sea. [4] So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.The Land of Ephraim [5] The border of the children of Ephraim, according to their families, was thus: The border of their inheritance on the east side was Ataroth Addar as far as Upper Beth Horon. [6] And the border went out toward the sea on the north side of Michmethath; then the border went around eastward to Taanath Shiloh, and passed by it on the east of Janohah. [7] Then it went down from Janohah to Ataroth and Naarah, reached to Jericho, and came out at the Jordan. [8] The border went out from Tappuah westward to the Brook Kanah, and it ended at the sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families. [9] 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 did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers."