The Promised Land, God's Provision, Our Possession * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 1/13/2019

The Promised Land, God’s Provision,

Our Possession 

Joshua 15-17

January 13th, 2019

 

1.    God’s provision doesn’t involve just ______________ the promised land, but ______________ it as well.

 

The first 12 chapters of Joshua pertain to the conquest of Canaan.  The faith of the Israelites is on display as they trust in the Lord who fights for them.

The next 12 chapters describe the partition of the land to the 12 tribes, the clans, and even specific families as an inheritance, a possession from the Lord.

 

Numbers 33:53 – “Take possession of the land and settle in it for I have given you the land to possess.”

 

Deuteronomy 30:16 – “For I command you today to love the Lord your God and to walk in obedience then you will live and increase, and the Lord will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”

 

2.    God’s ______________ is not random but quite specific and all in accordance with His divine purpose.

In Joshua Chapters 15-19, the Lord provides specific allotments to the various tribes in accordance with His divine will and foresight.

 

It’s not the Wild West with a land grab by those racing to stake a claim but an intentional process directed by the Lord to provide for each family, each clan, each tribe.

 

Joshua 15:1 – “The allotment for the tribe of Judah, according to its clans, extended down to the territory of Edom, to the desert of Zin in the extreme south.”

 

Philippians 4:19 – “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  God provides for all our needs and gives us specific blessings each day to accomplish His purposes in our lives.

3.    Even the ordering of God’s blessing is ___________.

Joshua 15 – The first allotment was to the tribe of Judah.    This is the tribe of King David and Jesus.  This is a choice allotment where Caleb and his family also received their inheritance.

 

Joshua 16 – The second allotment was to the tribe of Ephraim.  Joseph’s inheritance was split between his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  Due to his faithfulness, Joseph received a double blessing.

 

Genesis 48:17-20 – Ephraim was Joseph’s second son but God chose to bless him before Manasseh, Joseph’s first born.  The tribe of Ephraim received a choice allotment a little to the north of Judah.

 

Joshua 19:49-50 – Joshua receives his inheritance in the hill country of Ephraim.

 

Joshua 17 – The third allotment was to the tribe of Manasseh.   This tribe was so large that it was split into the two half tribes of Manasseh.  The allotment was split into two areas west and northeast of the Jordan river.

4.    While God is always ___________ to fulfill his promises, God’s full blessing requires us to step out in ___________ and also to ask him boldly to ___________ our territory.

II Corinthians 1:20 – “All of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding Yes!”

Joshua 15:16-17 – Ohniel, Caleb’s nephew, wins Caleb’s daughter’s hand in marriage by fighting against their enemies and driving them out of the land.

Joshua 15:19 – Caleb’s daughter Aksah requests additional land so that she would have springs in the desert.

Joshua 15:63 – “Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.”

 

Joshua 17:14-18 – Ephraim and Manasseh request additional lands since they were a numerous people, and the Lord had blessed them abundantly.  Joshua grants their request to extend their territory but they have to fight the Canaanites for it.

 

The Lord wants us to act with boldness and great courage and expand our territory of influence personally and through the Lighthouse!