Dec. 13. Land Distribution Concluded

Josh. 18:1-19:51

The main headquarters for the Israelites had been in their camp at Gilgal since they had crossed the Jordan River several years earlier. Four of the tribes had received their inheritances and it was time to move on to another location. The whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled at Shiloh. It was there that the tabernacle was erected and would remain for many more years.

Complacency seemed to have replaced urgency in settling the land. Joshua ordered the remaining seven tribes to select three men from each tribe and survey the remaining territory.

Following that survey, the seven other tribes, Benjamin, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Dan received their inheritances. Joshua also received Timnath Serah, a city in the mountains of Ephraim for an inheritance. There was still work to be done—battles to be fought as they were to drive the inhabitants out of the land. Unfortunately for God’s people, they did not completely rid the land of its occupants and they caused much trouble in the future years.

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