Joshua is advanced in years, his time on earth is drawing to an end and there is still land to possess. As God’s spokesman, and before his earthly departure, the Lord assigns Joshua to allot the land as an inheritance, according to their families…and more importantly, according to His command; it is the Lord God Who Apportions the Territories.
Consider Him Who Apportions the Territories
As way of review, the Lord summarizes the allotments of inheritance up to this point:
- He Apportions the Territories according to His sovereign will
- “I will drive them out from before the sons of Israel; only allot it to Israel for an inheritance as I have commanded you. 7 Now therefore, apportion this land for an inheritance… (13:6-7).
- He Apportions the Territories according to physical needs
- So Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the sons of Reuben according to their families. 16 Their territory was… (13:15-16).
- Moses also gave an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, to the sons of Gad, according to their families. 25 Their territory was… (13:24-25).
- Moses also gave an inheritance to the half-tribe of Manasseh; and it was for the half-tribe of the sons of Manasseh according to their families. 30 Their territory was… (13:29-30).
- He Apportions the Territories according to His promise
- These are the territories which Moses apportioned for an inheritance in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan at Jericho to the east. 33 But to the tribe of Levi, Moses did not give an inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He had promised to them, (13:32-33).
There is to be no question, no confusion, no arguing over territories, for it is the Lord, the God of Israel, Who Apportions the Territories.
How do we respond to Him Who Apportions the Territories?
He is Sovereign and we are to trust Him Who Apportions the Territories. As we grow in faith, trusting His provision for our needs, we will see His portion as pleasant and beautiful.
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me, (Psalm 16:5-6).
What a glorious privilege to claim Him Who Apportions the Territories as our portion! May we desire Him above all else, convinced we have all we need in Him alone.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever, (Psalm 73:25-26).
The tribe of Levi, the priests, received their inheritance according to His promise. What greater inheritance could they possibly receive, for theirs was the Lord Himself!
But to the tribe of Levi, Moses did not give an inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He had promised to them, (13:32-33) .
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are His royal priesthood and He is our God. He has Apportioned our Territories in Himself; we are His Own Possession, called to represent Him to the world.
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ… 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:4-5,9).
He Apportions our Territories for all eternity in heaven, being prepared for us now.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also,” (John 14:1-3).
Let us live each day in anticipation of our eternal inheritance, growing in the blessed hope we will live with Him Who Apportions our Territories for all eternity.
…instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds, (Titus 2:12-14).