Joshua Chapter Sixteen



Introduction: A key idea in the book of Joshua is that God blesses obedience. Today, we hope to discuss the inheritance of Ephraim.

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Body:

Read Joshua 16:1-10

3. Inheritance of Ephraim. The land given to the people of Ephraim is listed. There is mention that Ephraim and Manasseh were the children of Joseph.

There is also mention that the Canaanites were not destroyed or driven out, but they were at least required to do forced labor.

Applications -

- Generational blessings. Notice in vs. 1 that the children of Joseph were richly blessed because of the faithfulness of Joseph. In like manner, we should strive to live in such a way that our children, their children, and so on can be richly blessed.

This idea includes finances - life insurance, investments, etc. With the giving of finances, there needs to also be some training on how to handle the finances. But blessing generations to come also includes setting a memorable example of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

Think about what we are passing on when young people see us talking the church down and being negligent in prayer meetings.

Think about what we are passing on to the next generation when they see us praying at church and home, giving our best in service, and paying our tithes and giving our offerings. Let’s live so that generations to follow will be blessed by our faithfulness.

- God has some more. Notice in vss. 1-9 of Joshua that God has more than enough. We don’t have to worry about God running out of blessings. We may not all get our blessings at the same time.

We many not receive the same amount, but God has more than we need. Remember that the land was given after the people fought with trust in God. Too many people want their blessings before they put the work in. Let’s work on working and trusting God to do what is best for us.

- Caring for an inheritance. Notice in vs. 4 that the land was an inheritance, not something that they could claim was simply the results of their labor. In like manner, all that we have is an inheritance. 

Even the work that we have performed was the result of God giving us bodies and minds to work with. An inheritance should be treated as precious. Someone has trusted you to be a wise steward of the inheritance. 

Think about how this applies to our health, wealth, and the good that we do for others. Let’s work on being wise stewards of our inheritances. 

- Clan by clan. Notice in vs. 5 that the land was disbursed clan by clan, which implies a certain amount of working together. There are too many who are too individualistic to receive all that God has for them. 

Think about how challenging it is to get members of a family to work together or for members of church to work together or more embarrassing, try to get more than 10 churches to work together. Let’s work on working together, so we can experience all that God has for us. 

- Obeying and phases. Notice in vs. 10 that the Canaanites were not driven out, even though they were required to do force labor. 

First, we should do all that we can to do what God told us to do. If He told us to kill all of the Canaanites then that is what we should do. 

Second, some assignments have to be done in phases. One phase may be to require forced labor until we can remove them. 

In like manner, a person who is trying to get rid of a bad smoking habit or terrible spending habits may have to do it in phases. Let’s give our best to doing what God is calling us to do. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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