Joshua 17: God Is Mighty
Joshua chapter 17 requires a little bit of Biblical history knowledge.
Joseph did not technically receive an inheritance like the rest of the tribes of Israel. Instead, the inheritance went through his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
That is who we are talking about in this chapter. They are technically two tribes, but they are being told that they need to share one piece of land.
Jos 17:14 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?
While it does logically make sense that they should want more land, Joshua told them exactly how they could get more land if they really wanted it.
Jos 17:15 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.
Basically, Joshua is telling the people that if they want more land, they have to go fight for it.
Unfortunately, the people were not as confident as Joshua was, and they started to explain why they couldn’t do it.
Jos 17:16 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.
Joshua however did not accept this. He knew that the people of Israel had God blessing them, so they should be able to overcome anything.
Jos 17:17 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:
Jos 17:18 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.,
Notice that there is no doubt in that final statement. By using the word “shall,” there is a sense that this is inevitable. If it was not, perhaps the word “might” or “should” would have been used.
I think that this is a good illustration of how we tend to lead our lives. We are worried about things all the time. Some of these things are relatively major, and some of them are not big deals whatsoever. However, we shouldn’t worry at all.
God has promised that He will always be with us. He will always give us the strength we need.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.