Joshua 18* The tabernacle set up at Shiloh. (1) The remainder of the landdescribed and divided. (2-10) The boundaries of Benjamin.(11-28)1 Shiloh was in the lot of Ephraim, the tribe to which Joshuabelonged, and it was proper that the tabernacle should be nearthe residence of the chief governor. The name of this city isthe same as that by which Jacob prophesied of the Messiah, #Ge49:10|. It is supposed by some that the city was thus called,when it was chosen for the resting-place of the ark, whichtypified our great Peace-maker, and the way by him to areconciled God. 2-10 After a year or more, Joshua blamed their slackness, andtold them how to proceed. God, by his grace, has given us atitle to a good land, the heavenly Canaan, but we are slack totake possession of it; we enter not into that rest, as we mightby faith, and hope, and holy joy. How long shall it be thus withus? How long shall we thus stand in our own light, and forsakeour own mercies for lying vanities? Joshua stirs the Israelitesup to take possession of their lots. He is ready to do his part,if they will do theirs. 11-28 The boundaries of each portion were distinctly drawn, andthe inheritance of each tribe settled. All contests and selfishclaims were prevented by the wise appointment of God, whoallotted the hill and the valley, the corn and pasture, thebrooks and rivers, the towns and cities. Is the lot of anyservant of Christ cast in affliction and sorrow? It is the Lord;let him do what seemeth him good. Are we in prosperity andpeace? It is from above. Be humbled when you compare the giftwith your own unworthiness. Forget not Him that gave the good,and always be ready to resign it at his command.
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