Joshua Chapter Nineteen (Part One)





Introduction: A key idea of Joshua is that God blesses obedience. Today, we hope to discuss the inheritance of Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, and Asher.

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Body:

Read Joshua 19:1-31

7. Inheritance of Simeon; 8. Inheritance of Zebulun; 9. Inheritance of Issachar; and 10. Inheritance of Asher. In verses 1-9, the second lot fell on Simeon. There is a description of the land given to this tribe, which was to be further divided among the clans in the tribe.

This portion of land is within the portion of land given to Judah because Judah’s portion was more than they needed.

In verses 10-16, the third lot fell on the tribe of Zebulun. There is a description of their land, which is to be divided among the clans of the tribe.

In verses 17-23, the fourth lot fell on the tribe of Issachar. Their land was to be divided among its clans.

In verses 24-31, the fifth lot fell on the tribe of Asher. They were to divide the land among their clans.

Applications –

- Trusting God’s plan. Notice in vs. 1 and throughout the chapter of Joshua that God has enough blessings for all of His people. Each tribe is going to get what is coming to them.

They are going to get the amount that God wants them to have. And they are going to get it on God’s schedule.

Let’s work on trusting God to give us what is coming our way, in the right amount, and at the right time. We should trust God, instead of becoming jealousy about what other have or discouraged because God is not moving as we expected.

- Stuff and people. Notice in vss. 1, 9 that a portion of what was given to Judah ended up being given to the people of Simeon. First, it is so important to keep a proper attitude about stuff.

When you allow your identity to be based on your stuff and you lose your stuff, you lose your identity. Think about how some people can get the “big head” when they have a nice car, home, job, etc. Think about how some people lose their mind over losing a job, a spouse, or a home.

Second, it is important to be able to get along with others, because you never know where God is going to bless you. If there was unnecessary tension between Simeon and Judah, neither one of them would be able to enjoy their land, because their lands were so close together.

In like manner, God may place your blessings right next to those in your immediate circle. Work on loving people. Let’s work on keeping a healthy attitude about possessions and getting along with people.

- Difficult to pronounce words. Notice in vs. 2 and throughout this chapter of Joshua there are so many tongue twisting names. That is, they are difficult for most Americans to pronounce.

First, it is more important to know the function of the word than how to pronounce the word, especially in the case where the difficult word is simply the name of a once mentioned town in a list of towns.

It is more important to know that God can bless us with towns and other great blessings than to be able to pronounce the name of the towns in the text.

Second, if you feel compelled to hear or pronounce the words, there are some tools you should be familiar with. You can go to a website like BibleGateway.com, look up a scripture, and click on the speaker.

The computer will read the passage of scripture out loud for you. Here is a website that gives you a phonic break down of difficult Bible words:

 BetterDaysAreComing.com/bible/pronunciation.html. Let’s work on living by the application of God’s word more than getting caught up on how to pronounce the names of towns or borders like in our text.

- Grateful and wise stewards. Notice in vs. 22 that Issachar should be thankful for their 16 towns and their villages. However, they should also be aware that to whom much is given, much is required. In like manner, we should thank God for what He blesses us with.

However, we should also remember that if we cannot handle what God has blessed us with, in a way that is pleasing to Him, God can take it away.

Let’s work on being grateful and wise stewards of all that God has placed in our trust. Think about how this point applies to our money, job, leadership or service roles, and more.

- 22 Towns. Notice in vs. 30 that Asher is blessed with 22 towns and their villages. Look at what happens, when you wait on the Lord. When we simply do what God is calling us to do and leave the results up to Him, we can be pleasantly surprised by how the Lord blesses.

When we don’t do God’s will or we do it with an impatient spirit, we discover that we cannot hurry God. But we can delay our blessings and suffer unnecessary emotional stress. Let’s learn to be faithful in our work and just trust God to see us through.

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

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