The Land (8)

Sung Psalm 80:1-6 (note refs to Ephraim and Manasseh).

Reading Joshua 17:1-18

Observations about half tribe of Manasseh (west of the Jordan)

There was some fluidity about the apportioning of towns to these tribes-Ephraim was given towns in Manasseh and Manasseh towns in Asher and Issachar.

Ephraim and Manasseh complain about room and are told to deforest some areas and defeat and drive out the Canaanites.

The sons of Manasseh were six including Hepher but he through Zelophehad only had five daughters (v3-4). So ten portions were given-five to the other five sons and five to the daughters of Zelophehad as God instructed Moses (Num.26:33, 27:1-11,36:2-4). God ruled they should inherit as the other sons but they were told to marry within their tribe to keep the integrity of each tribe’s inheritance which they duly did (Num.36:6,10-12).

Compare with Galatians 3:28 and I Peter 3:7 where we see equality in salvation between nations and sexes and equal inheritance in glory. After all we all inherit the Lord as our portion!



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