Joshua 13* Bounds of the land not yet conquered. (1-6) Inheritance ofReuben. (7-33)1-6 At this chapter begins the account of the dividing of theland of Canaan among the tribes of Israel by lot; a narrativeshowing the performance of the promise made to the fathers, thatthis land should be given to the seed of Jacob. We are not topass over these chapters of hard names as useless. Where God hasa mouth to speak, and a hand to write, we should find an ear tohear, and an eye to read; and may God give us a heart to profit!Joshua is supposed to have been about one hundred years old atthis time. It is good for those who are old and stricken inyears to be put in remembrance of their being so. God considersthe frame of his people, and would not have them burdened withwork above their strength. And all people, especially oldpeople, should set to do that quickly which must be done beforethey die, lest death prevent them, #Ec 9:10|. God promise thathe would make the Israelites masters of all the countries yetunsubdued, through Joshua was old, and not able to do it; old,and not likely to live to see it done. Whatever becomes of us,and however we may be laid aside as despised, broken vessels,God will do his own work in his own time. We must work out oursalvation, then God will work in us, and work with us; we mustresist our spiritual enemies, then God will tread them under ourfeet; we must go forth to our Christian work and warfare, thenGod will go forth before us. 7-33 The land must be divided among the tribes. It is the willof God that every man should know his own, and not take thatwhich is another's. The world must be governed, not by force,but right. Wherever our habitation is placed, and in whateverhonest way our portion is assigned, we should consider them asallotted of God; we should be thankful for, and use them assuch, while every prudent method should be used to preventdisputes about property, both at present and in future. Joshuamust be herein a type of Christ, who has not only conquered thegates of hell for us, but has opened to us the gates of heaven,and having purchased the eternal inheritance for all believers,will put them in possession of it. Here is a general descriptionof the country given to the two tribes and a half, by Moses.Israel must know their own, and keep to it; and may not, underpretence of their being God's peculiar people, encroach on theirneighbours. Twice in this chapter it is noticed, that to thetribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance: see #Nu 18:20|. Theirmaintenance must be brought out of all the tribes. The ministersof the Lord should show themselves indifferent about worldlyinterests, and the people should take care they want nothingsuitable. And happy are those who have the Lord God of Israelfor their inheritance, though little of this world falls totheir lot. His providences will supply their wants, hisconsolations will support their souls, till they gain heavenlyjoy and everlasting pleasures.
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