5. The Produce of the Land of Canaan and the Intrinsic Significance of the Allotment of the Good Land
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Scripture Reading: Josh. 5:12; 13:1—22:34;

Col. 1:12; Acts 26:18

Josh. 5:12     And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.

Josh. 13:1     Now Joshua was old and advanced in age; and Jehovah said to him, You are old and advanced in age, and very much of the land remains to be possessed.

Josh. 13:2     This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and all that of the Geshurites,

Josh. 13:3     From the Shihor, which is before Egypt, unto the border of Ekron on the north (this is considered to be Canaanite), with five lords of the Philistines: the Gazite and the Ashdodite, the Ashkelonite, the Gittite, and the Ekronite; and that of the Avvim

Josh. 13:4     In the south; all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah, which belongs to the Sidonians, unto Aphek at the border of the Amorites;

Josh. 13:5     And the land of the Gebalites and all Lebanon toward the rising of the sun, from Baal-gad under Mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath;

Josh. 13:6     All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, all the Sidonians. I Myself will drive them out before the children of Israel; nevertheless allot it to Israel as an inheritance as I have commanded you.

Josh. 13:7     And now divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Josh. 13:8     With the other half-tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave to them across the Jordan on the east, as Moses the servant of Jehovah gave to them:

Josh. 13:9     From Aroer, which is on the edge of the river Arnon, and from the city, which is in the middle of the river valley, and all the tableland from Medeba to Dibon;

Josh. 13:10    And all the cities of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon;

Josh. 13:11    And Gilead with the territory of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon and all Bashan unto Salecah;

Josh. 13:12    All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); and Moses struck them and dispossessed them.

Josh. 13:13    Yet the children of Israel did not dispossess the Geshurites and the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

Josh. 13:14    However to the tribe of Levi he did not give an inheritance; the offerings of Jehovah the God of Israel by fire are their inheritance, as He had spoken to him.

Josh. 13:15    And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their families.

Josh. 13:16    And for them the border was from Aroer, which is on the edge of the river Arnon, and from the city, which is in the middle of the river valley, and all the tableland by Medeba;

Josh. 13:17    Heshbon and all its cities which are in the tableland: Dibon and Bamoth-baal and Beth-baal-meon

Josh. 13:18    And Jahaz and Kedemoth and Mephaath

Josh. 13:19    And Kiriathaim and Sibmah and Zereth-shahar on the mountain of the valley

Josh. 13:20    And Beth-peor and the slopes of Pisgah and Beth-jeshimoth;

Josh. 13:21    That is, all the cities of the tableland and all the kingdom of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon and whom Moses struck with the leaders of Midian: Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the princes of Sihon who inhabited the land.

Josh. 13:22    And Balaam the son of Beor, who practiced divination, the children of Israel slew with the sword with those of them who were already slain.

Josh. 13:23    And the border of the children of Reuben was the Jordan and its border. This is the inheritance of the children of Reuben according to their families, the cities with their villages.

Josh. 13:24    And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, to the children of Gad, according to their families.

Josh. 13:25    And for them the border was Jazer and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon to Aroer, which is before Rabbah;

Josh. 13:26    And from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim; and from Mahanaim to the border of Debir;

Josh. 13:27    And in the valley Beth-haram and Beth-nimrah and Succoth and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon the king of Heshbon; the Jordan and its border to the end of the Sea of Chinnereth, across the Jordan on the east.

Josh. 13:28    This is the inheritance of the children of Gad according to their families, the cities with their villages.

Josh. 13:29    And Moses gave an inheritance to the half-tribe of Manasseh; and it was for the half-tribe of the children of Manasseh according to their families.

Josh. 13:30    And their border was from Mahanaim and all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og the king of Bashan, and all the tent villages of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixty cities;

Josh. 13:31    And half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were for the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, for half of the children of Machir, according to their families.

Josh. 13:32    These are what Moses gave as inheritances in the plains of Moab across the Jordan at Jericho to the east.

Josh. 13:33    But to the tribe of Levi Moses did not give an inheritance; Jehovah the God of Israel is their inheritance, as He had spoken to them.

Josh. 14:1     And these are what the children of Israel received as inheritances in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel gave to them as inheritances,

Josh. 14:2     By the lot of their inheritance, as Jehovah commanded through Moses for the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

Josh. 14:3     For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe across the Jordan; but to the Levites he did not give an inheritance among them.

Josh. 14:4     For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim; and they gave no portion to the Levites in the land, but only cities to dwell in with their pasture lands for their cattle and their substance.

Josh. 14:5     As Jehovah had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; thus they divided the land.

Josh. 14:6     Then the children of Judah approached Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the word that Jehovah spoke to Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning you in Kadesh-barnea.

Josh. 14:7     I was forty years old when Moses the servant of Jehovah sent me out from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land; and I returned such a word to him as was genuinely upon my heart.

Josh. 14:8     However my brothers who went up with me made the people's heart melt, but I fully followed Jehovah my God.

Josh. 14:9     And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, for you have fully followed Jehovah my God.

Josh. 14:10    And now, look, Jehovah has kept me alive, as He said, for these forty-five years, since the time Jehovah spoke this word to Moses while Israel walked through the wilderness. And now, look, today I am eighty-five years old.

Josh. 14:11    Today I am still as strong as I was on the day Moses sent me out; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for battle and for going out and coming in.

Josh. 14:12    Now therefore give me this hill country, of which Jehovah spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that the Anakim were there with great fortified cities. It may be that Jehovah will be with me, and I will dispossess them, as Jehovah said.

Josh. 14:13    So Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.

Josh. 14:14    Therefore Hebron has become the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day because he fully followed Jehovah the God of Israel.

Josh. 14:15    And the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba. (This Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

Josh. 15:1     And the lot for the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families was unto the border of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the south; this was the southern extreme.

Josh. 15:2     And their southern border was from the end of the Salt Sea, from the tongue-shaped bay that faces south;

Josh. 15:3     And it went southward to the ascent of Akrabbim, and passed on to Zin, and went up south of Kadesh-barnea, and passed on to Hezron, and went up to Addar, and went around Karka,

Josh. 15:4     And passed on to Azmon, and went out to the brook of Egypt; and the end of the border was at the sea. This shall be your southern border.

Josh. 15:5     And the eastern border was the Salt Sea to the end of the Jordan. And the border on the northern side was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan.

Josh. 15:6     And the border went up to Beth-hoglah, and passed on to the north of Beth-arabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

Josh. 15:7     And the border went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and turned northward toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, which is south of the river valley; and the border passed on to the waters of En-shemesh; and its end was at En-rogel;

Josh. 15:8     Then the border went up by the Valley of Ben-hinnom to the south of the Jebusite slope (this is Jerusalem); and the border went to the top of the mountain that is before the Valley of Hinnom on the west, which is the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim;

Josh. 15:9     And the border turned from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah and went to the cities of Mount Ephron; then the border turned toward Baalah (this is Kiriath-jearim);

Josh. 15:10    And the border went around west of Baalah to Mount Seir, and passed by the northern slope of Mount Jearim (this is Chesalon), and went down to Beth-shemesh, and passed on to Timnah;

Josh. 15:11    And the border went to the slope of Ekron northward; and the border turned toward Shikkeron, and passed by Mount Baalah, and went to Jabneel; and the end of the border was at the sea.

Josh. 15:12    And the western border was the Great Sea and its coast. This is the border of the children of Judah all around according to their families.

Josh. 15:13    And to Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a portion in the midst of the children of Judah according to the commandment of Jehovah to Joshua, that is, Kiriath-arba (Arba was the father of Anak); this is Hebron.

Josh. 15:14    And Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak.

Josh. 15:15    And he went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir. (Now the name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher.)

Josh. 15:16    And Caleb said, Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and takes it, I will give to him Achsah my daughter as wife.

Josh. 15:17    Then Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

Josh. 15:18    And when she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she alighted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, What do you want?

Josh. 15:19    And she said, Give me a blessing, for you have given me land in the Negev; give me also springs of water. So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

Josh. 15:20    This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.

Josh. 15:21    And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the border of Edom on the south were Kabzeel and Eder and Jagur

Josh. 15:22    And Kinah and Dimonah and Adadah

Josh. 15:23    And Kedesh and Hazor and Ithnan;

Josh. 15:24    Ziph and Telem and Bealoth

Josh. 15:25    And Hazor-hadattah and Kerioth-hezron (this is Hazor);

Josh. 15:26    Amam and Shema and Moladah

Josh. 15:27    And Hazar-gaddah and Heshmon and Beth-pelet

Josh. 15:28    And Hazar-shual and Beer-sheba and Biziothiah;

Josh. 15:29    Baalah and Iim and Ezem

Josh. 15:30    And Eltolad and Chesil and Hormah

Josh. 15:31    And Ziklag and Madmannah and Sansannah

Josh. 15:32    And Lebaoth and Shilhim and Ain and Rimmon: in all twenty-nine cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:33    In the lowland: Eshtaol and Zorah and Ashnah

Josh. 15:34    And Zanoah and En-gannim; Tappuah and Enam;

Josh. 15:35    Jarmuth and Adullam; Socoh and Azekah

Josh. 15:36    And Shaaraim and Adithaim and Gederah and Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:37    Zenan and Hadashah and Migdal-gad

Josh. 15:38    And Dilean and Mizpeh and Joktheel;

Josh. 15:39    Lachish and Bozkath and Eglon

Josh. 15:40    And Cabbon and Lahmas and Chitlish

Josh. 15:41    And Gederoth; Beth-dagon and Naamah and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:42    Libnah and Ether and Ashan

Josh. 15:43    And Iphtah and Ashnah and Nezib

Josh. 15:44    And Keilah and Achzib and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:45    Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

Josh. 15:46    From Ekron even to the sea, all that were near Ashdod, with their villages.

Josh. 15:47    Ashdod, with its towns and its villages; Gaza, with its towns and its villages, unto the brook of Egypt and the Great Sea and its border.

Josh. 15:48    And in the hill country: Shamir and Jattir and Socoh

Josh. 15:49    And Dannah and Kiriath-sannah (this is Debir)

Josh. 15:50    And Anab and Eshtemoh and Anim

Josh. 15:51    And Goshen and Holon and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:52    Arab and Dumah and Eshan

Josh. 15:53    And Janum and Beth-tappuah and Aphekah

Josh. 15:54    And Humtah and Kiriath-arba (this is Hebron) and Zior: nine cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:55    Maon, Carmel, and Ziph; and Juttah

Josh. 15:56    And Jezreel and Jokdeam and Zanoah;

Josh. 15:57    Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:58    Halhul, Beth-zur, and Gedor;

Josh. 15:59    And Maarath and Beth-anoth and Eltekon: six cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:60    Kiriath-baal (this is Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:61    In the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin, and Secacah;

Josh. 15:62    And Nibshan and the City of Salt and En-gedi: six cities with their villages.

Josh. 15:63    But as for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not dispossess them; thus the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah in Jerusalem to this day.

Josh. 16:1     And the lot for the children of Joseph went from the Jordan at Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, to the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel,

Josh. 16:2     And went from Bethel to Luz, and passed on to the border of the Archites at Ataroth,

Josh. 16:3     And went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Lower Beth-horon and to Gezer; and its end was the sea.

Josh. 16:4     And the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance.

Josh. 16:5     And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: The border for their inheritance on the east was from Ataroth-addar to Upper Beth-horon;

Josh. 16:6     And the border went to the sea. On the north was Michmethath, and the border went around eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed by it to the east of Janoah,

Josh. 16:7     And went down from Janoah to Ataroth, then to Naarah, and reached Jericho, and went to the Jordan.

Josh. 16:8     From Tappuah the border went westward to the brook of Kanah; and its end was the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families,

Josh. 16:9     Together with the cities that were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.

Josh. 16:10    Yet they did not dispossess the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell in the midst of Ephraim to this day and have become forced labor.

Josh. 17:1     And this was the lot for the tribe of Manasseh, for he was Joseph's firstborn. To Machir, the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, Gilead and Bashan had been given, since he was a man of war.

Josh. 17:2     Therefore the lot was for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their families: for the children of Abiezer and for the children of Helek and for the children of Asriel and for the children of Shechem and for the children of Hepher and for the children of Shemida; these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families.

Josh. 17:3     But Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters. And these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

Josh. 17:4     And they came before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, Jehovah commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers. Therefore he gave them an inheritance among their father's brothers according to the commandment of Jehovah.

Josh. 17:5     And ten portions fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is across the Jordan,

Josh. 17:6     Because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons. And the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the children of Manasseh.

Josh. 17:7     And the border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethath, which was opposite Shechem; and the border went south to the inhabitants of En-tappuah.

Josh. 17:8     The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah, on the border of Manasseh, belonged to the children of Ephraim.

Josh. 17:9     And the border went down to the brook of Kanah. These cities to the south of the brook belonged to Ephraim, among the cities of Manasseh; and the border of Manasseh was to the north of the brook, and its end was the sea.

Josh. 17:10    To the south was Ephraim's, and to the north was Manasseh's, and the sea was his border. And they touched Asher on the north and Issachar on the east.

Josh. 17:11    And to Manasseh there belonged in Issachar and Asher, Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns (the third is Napheth).

Josh. 17:12    Yet the children of Manasseh could not dispossess these cities, but the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in this land.

Josh. 17:13    And when the children of Israel became strong, they made the Canaanites forced labor; but they did not utterly dispossess them.

Josh. 17:14    Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you given me an inheritance of only one lot and one portion, although I am still a numerous people, whom Jehovah has thus far blessed?

Josh. 17:15    And Joshua said to them, If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest, and cut out land there for yourself in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim; since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.

Josh. 17:16    And the children of Joseph said, The hill country is not enough for us; and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both those of Beth-shean and its towns and those in the Valley of Jezreel.

Josh. 17:17    And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, You are a numerous people, and you have great strength; you shall not have one lot only,

Josh. 17:18    But the hill country shall be yours. Though it is a forest, you shall cut it down, and its end will be yours; for you shall dispossess the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron and though they are strong.

Josh. 18:1     And the whole assembly of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh, and they set up the Tent of Meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.

Josh. 18:2     And among the children of Israel there remained seven tribes whose inheritance had not been divided to them.

Josh. 18:3     And Joshua said to the children of Israel, How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has given you?

Josh. 18:4     Appoint three men for each tribe, and I will send them out. And they shall rise up and go through the land, and write a description of it with a view to its being their inheritance; and they shall come to me.

Josh. 18:5     And they shall divide it into seven portions: Judah shall stay at his border on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay at their border on the north.

Josh. 18:6     And you shall describe the land in seven portions and bring the description here to me; then I will cast lots for you here before Jehovah our God.

Josh. 18:7     But the Levites shall have no portion among you, for the priesthood of Jehovah is their inheritance. And Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance across the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of Jehovah had given to them.

Josh. 18:8     And the men rose up and went; and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it; then return to me, and I will cast lots for you before Jehovah here in Shiloh.

Josh. 18:9     So the men went, and they passed through the land and described it by cities into seven portions in a book. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh.

Josh. 18:10    And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Jehovah. And there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions.

Josh. 18:11    And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came out, according to their families. And the border of their lot went between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.

Josh. 18:12    And their border on the northern side was from the Jordan, and the border went up alongside Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and its end was at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Josh. 18:13    And from there the border passed to Luz, on the southern side of Luz (this is Bethel); and the border went down to Ataroth-addar, at the mountain which is south of Lower Beth-horon.

Josh. 18:14    And the border turned from there and went around the west side southward, from the mountain that is to the south of Beth-horon; and its end was at Kiriath-baal (this is Kiriath-jearim), a city of the children of Judah. This was the west side.

Josh. 18:15    The south side was from the limit of Kiriath-jearim, and the border went from the west and went to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah;

Josh. 18:16    And the border went down to the limit of the mountain that is before the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is north of the valley of the Rephaim; and it went down into the Valley of Hinnom, to the southern side of the Jebusite slope, and went down to En-rogel,

Josh. 18:17    And turned north, and went to En-shemesh, and went to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim; and it went down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

Josh. 18:18    And it passed by the side before the Arabah northward, and went down to the Arabah;

Josh. 18:19    And the border passed by the northern side of Beth-hoglah, and the end of the border was at the northern bay of the Salt Sea at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border.

Josh. 18:20    And the Jordan borders it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families, according to its borders all around.

Josh. 18:21    And the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-keziz

Josh. 18:22    And Beth-arabah and Zemaraim and Bethel

Josh. 18:23    And Avvim and Parah and Ophrah

Josh. 18:24    And Chephar-ammoni and Ophni and Geba: twelve cities with their villages.

Josh. 18:25    Gibeon and Ramah and Beeroth

Josh. 18:26    And Mizpeh and Chephirah and Mozah

Josh. 18:27    And Rekem and Irpeel and Taralah

Josh. 18:28    And Zelah, Haeleph, and that of the Jebusite (this is Jerusalem), Gibeath, Kiriath: fourteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

Josh. 19:1     And the second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families. And their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Judah.

Josh. 19:2     And they had for their inheritance Beer-sheba, or Sheba, and Moladah

Josh. 19:3     And Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem

Josh. 19:4     And Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah

Josh. 19:5     And Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah

Josh. 19:6     And Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen: thirteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:7     Ain, Rimmon, and Ether, and Ashan: four cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:8     And all the villages which were around these cities as far as Baalath-beer, that is, Ramah of the Negev. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.

Josh. 19:9     Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon because the portion of the children of Judah was too large for them; thus the children of Simeon received an inheritance in the midst of their inheritance.

Josh. 19:10    And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families. And the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid;

Josh. 19:11    And their border went up to the west, even to Maralah, and reached Dabbesheth; and it reached the brook that is before Jokneam.

Josh. 19:12    And it turned from Sarid eastward toward the rising of the sun to the border of Chisloth-tabor, and went to Daberath and up to Japhia;

Josh. 19:13    And from there it passed eastward toward the rising of the sun to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin, and went to Rimmon, where it turned to Neah;

Josh. 19:14    And the border went around from the north to Hannathon; and its end was the valley of Iphtahel,

Josh. 19:15    With Kattath and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:16    This was the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:17    For Issachar the fourth lot came out, for the children of Issachar according to their families.

Josh. 19:18    And their territory was Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem

Josh. 19:19    And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath

Josh. 19:20    And Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez

Josh. 19:21    And Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez;

Josh. 19:22    And the border reached Tabor and Shahazumah and Beth-shemesh; and the end of their border was at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:23    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:24    And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.

Josh. 19:25    And their territory was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph

Josh. 19:26    And Allammelech and Amad and Mishal; and it reached Carmel on the west and Shihor-libnath;

Josh. 19:27    And it turned toward the rising of the sun to Beth-dagon, and reached Zebulun and the valley of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel, and went to Cabul on the north

Josh. 19:28    And Ebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah as far as Great Sidon;

Josh. 19:29    And the border turned to Ramah and as far as the fortified city of Tyre; and the border turned to Hosah; and its end was at the sea at the region of Achzib;

Josh. 19:30    And Ummah and Aphek and Rehob: twenty-two cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:31    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:32    For the children of Naphtali the sixth lot came out, for the children of Naphtali according to their families.

Josh. 19:33    And their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim, and Adami-nekeb and Jabneel unto Lakkum; and its end was the Jordan;

Josh. 19:34    And the border turned westward to Aznoth-tabor, and went from there to Hukkok, and reached Zebulun on the south, and reached Asher on the west and Judah at the Jordan toward the rising of the sun;

Josh. 19:35    And the fortified cities were Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath and Chinnereth

Josh. 19:36    And Adamah and Ramah and Hazor

Josh. 19:37    And Kedesh and Edrei and En-hazor

Josh. 19:38    And Iron and Migdal-el, Horem and Beth-anath and Beth-shemesh: nineteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:39    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:40    The seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families.

Josh. 19:41    And the territory of their inheritance was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh

Josh. 19:42    And Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah

Josh. 19:43    And Elon and Timnah and Ekron

Josh. 19:44    And Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath

Josh. 19:45    And Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon

Josh. 19:46    And Me-jarkon and Rakkon with the border opposite Japho.

Josh. 19:47    When the territory of the children of Dan was lost to them, the children of Dan went up and fought against Leshem; and they took it and struck it with the edge of the sword; and they took possession of it and inhabited it; and they called Leshem Dan, according to the name of Dan their father.

Josh. 19:48    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:49    So they finished distributing the land as inheritances according to its borders. And the children of Israel gave Joshua the son of Nun an inheritance in the midst of them;

Josh. 19:50    According to the commandment of Jehovah they gave him the city that he asked for, that is, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the city and dwelt in it.

Josh. 19:51    These are the inheritances that Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel gave as inheritances by lot in Shiloh before Jehovah at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. So they finished dividing the land.

Josh. 20:1     Then Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

Josh. 20:2     Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Designate the cities of refuge, concerning which I spoke to you through Moses,

Josh. 20:3     So that the manslayer who kills a person by mistake and unwittingly may flee there. And they will be to you as a refuge from the avenger of blood.

Josh. 20:4     And he shall flee to one of these cities and stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city. And they shall take him into the city to themselves and give him a place; and he shall dwell among them.

Josh. 20:5     And if the avenger of blood pursues after him, they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, for he struck his neighbor unwittingly and had not hated him previously.

Josh. 20:6     And he shall dwell in that city until he can stand before the assembly for a judgment, until the death of the high priest who is at that time; then the manslayer shall return and enter into his own city and into his own house, into the city from which he fled.

Josh. 20:7     And they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and Kiriath-arba (this is Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.

Josh. 20:8     And across the Jordan at Jericho, to the east, they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plain out of the tribe of Reuben and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.

Josh. 20:9     These were the appointed cities for all the children of Israel and for the sojourner who sojourned among them, so that anyone who killed a person by mistake might flee there and not die at the hand of the avenger of blood until he stood before the assembly.

Josh. 21:1     Then the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel,

Josh. 21:2     And they spoke to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, Jehovah commanded through Moses that we be given cities to dwell in with their pasture lands for our cattle.

Josh. 21:3     So the children of Israel gave the Levites, according to the commandment of Jehovah, these cities with their pasture lands out of their inheritance:

Josh. 21:4     And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And to the children of Aaron the priest who were of the Levites there went by lot thirteen cities out of the tribe of Judah and out of the tribe of the Simeonites and out of the tribe of Benjamin.

Josh. 21:5     And to the rest of the children of Kohath there went by lot ten cities out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim and out of the tribe of Dan and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Josh. 21:6     And to the children of Gershon there went by lot thirteen cities out of the families of the tribe of Issachar and out of the tribe of Asher and out of the tribe of Naphtali and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

Josh. 21:7     To the children of Merari according to their families there went twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben and out of the tribe of Gad and out of the tribe of Zebulun.

Josh. 21:8     So the children of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as Jehovah had commanded through Moses.

Josh. 21:9     And out of the tribe of the children of Judah and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon they gave these cities, which are here mentioned by name;

Josh. 21:10    And they went to the children of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the children of Levi; for the first lot was theirs.

Josh. 21:11    And they gave them Kiriath-arba (Arba was the father of Anak), which is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with its pasture lands around it.

Josh. 21:12    But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Josh. 21:13    And to the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Libnah with its pasture lands

Josh. 21:14    And Jattir with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa with its pasture lands

Josh. 21:15    And Holon with its pasture lands and Debir with its pasture lands

Josh. 21:16    And Ain with its pasture lands and Juttah with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands: nine cities out of those two tribes.

Josh. 21:17    And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:18    Anathoth with its pasture lands, and Almon with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:19    All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

Josh. 21:20    And as for the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites who remained of the children of Kohath, the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim were given.

Josh. 21:21    And they gave them Shechem with its pasture lands in the hill country of Ephraim, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Gezer with its pasture lands

Josh. 21:22    And Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:23    And out of the tribe of Dan: Eltekeh with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:24    Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:25    And out of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands: two cities.

Josh. 21:26    All the cities for the families of the children of Kohath who remained were ten, with their pasture lands.

Josh. 21:27    And to the children of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, they gave, out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands: two cities.

Josh. 21:28    And out of the tribe of Issachar: Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:29    Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:30    And out of the tribe of Asher: Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:31    Helkath with its pasture lands, and Rehob with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:32    And out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands: three cities.

Josh. 21:33    All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities, with their pasture lands.

Josh. 21:34    And to the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, they gave, Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:35    Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:36    And out of the tribe of Reuben: Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:37    Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands: four cities.

Josh. 21:38    And out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

Josh. 21:39    Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands: four cities in all.

Josh. 21:40    These were all the cities for the children of Merari according to their families, which remained of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.

Josh. 21:41    All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.

Josh. 21:42    Each of these cities had its pasture lands around it; so it was with all these cities.

Josh. 21:43    So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and dwelt in it.

Josh. 21:44    And Jehovah gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And no one among all their enemies could stand before them; Jehovah delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Josh. 21:45    Not a word failed of all the good things that Jehovah had spoken to the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Josh. 22:1     Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Josh. 22:2     And he said to them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, and you have listened to my voice in all that I have commanded you.

Josh. 22:3     You have not forsaken your brothers these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of Jehovah your God.

Josh. 22:4     And now Jehovah your God has given your brothers rest as He promised them. And now turn and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of Jehovah gave you across the Jordan.

Josh. 22:5     However be very careful to perform the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, to love Jehovah your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Josh. 22:6     And Joshua blessed them and sent them away; and they went to their tents.

Josh. 22:7     Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given an inheritance in Bashan, and to the other half of it Joshua gave an inheritance with their brothers across the Jordan on the west. Furthermore, when Joshua sent them away to their tents and blessed them,

Josh. 22:8     He spoke to them, saying, Return with many riches to your tents and with very many cattle, with silver and with gold and with bronze and with iron and with very much clothing; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.

Josh. 22:9     So the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh went; and they departed from among the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which was in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they had taken possession of according to the commandment of Jehovah through Moses.

Josh. 22:10    And when they came into the region of the Jordan that is in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there at the Jordan, an altar great in appearance.

Josh. 22:11    And the children of Israel heard the report, which said, Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar out in front of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan, on the side of the children of Israel.

Josh. 22:12    And when the children of Israel heard this, all the assembly of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go up in battle against them.

Josh. 22:13    And the children of Israel sent Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the land of Gilead,

Josh. 22:14    And with him ten leaders, one leader each to a fathers' house of all the tribes of Israel; and they were each the head of their fathers' houses among the thousands of Israel.

Josh. 22:15    And they went to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the land of Gilead and spoke to them, saying,

Josh. 22:16    Thus says all the assembly of Jehovah, What is this trespass that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning this day from following after Jehovah by building yourselves an altar to rebel against Jehovah this day?

Josh. 22:17    Was the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves unto this day, though there was a plague upon the assembly of Jehovah,

Josh. 22:18    That you have turned this day from following after Jehovah? And now, if you rebel against Jehovah this day, tomorrow He will be angry with the whole assembly of Israel.

Josh. 22:19    But if the land of your possession is unclean, cross over into the land of the possession of Jehovah, where Jehovah's tabernacle dwells, and take a possession in the midst of us. But do not rebel against Jehovah, nor rebel against us, by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of Jehovah our God.

Josh. 22:20    Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the matter of the devoted thing? But there was wrath upon the whole assembly of Israel, and that one man did not perish alone for his iniquity.

Josh. 22:21    Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the thousands of Israel,

Josh. 22:22    The Mighty One, God Jehovah; the Mighty One, God Jehovah; He knows, and may Israel itself know, whether it was in rebellion, or whether it was in trespass against Jehovah-may You not save us today—

Josh. 22:23    That we built an altar for ourselves to turn away from following after Jehovah; or if we did so to offer burnt offerings and meal offerings upon it or to make sacrifices of peace offerings upon it, may Jehovah Himself require it.

Josh. 22:24    But truly we have done this for a reason and out of a concern that in the future your children might speak to our children, saying, What have you to do with Jehovah the God of Israel?

Josh. 22:25    For Jehovah has made the Jordan a border between us and you, O children of Reuben and children of Gad. You have no portion in Jehovah. Thus your children would cause our children to cease fearing Jehovah.

Josh. 22:26    Therefore we said, Let us now take action to build the altar, though not for burnt offering or for sacrifice;

Josh. 22:27    But it will be a witness between us and between you, and between our generations after us, that we may do the service of Jehovah before Him with our burnt offerings and our sacrifices and our peace offerings, and that your children may not say in the future to our children, You have no portion in Jehovah.

Josh. 22:28    And we said, When they say this to us and to our generations in the future, we will say, Look at the copy of the altar of Jehovah that our fathers made, though not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; but it is a witness between us and you.

Josh. 22:29    Far be it from us that we would rebel against Jehovah and turn away today from following after Jehovah by building an altar for burnt offering, for meal offering, or for sacrifice, besides the altar of Jehovah our God, which is before His tabernacle!

Josh. 22:30    And when Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the assembly and the heads of the thousands of Israel who were with him heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it seemed good in their sight.

Josh. 22:31    And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh, Today we know that Jehovah is in the midst of us, because you have not committed this trespass against Jehovah. Now you have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of Jehovah.

Josh. 22:32    So Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the leaders returned from the children of Reuben and the children of Gad, from the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel; and they brought back word to them.

Josh. 22:33    And the matter seemed good in the sight of the children of Israel; and the children of Israel blessed God and never spoke again of going up in battle against them to destroy the land in which the children of Reuben and the children of Gad dwelt.

Josh. 22:34    And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad named the altar; for, they said, it is a witness between us that Jehovah is God.

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

Acts 26:18    To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

 

I.      After the children of Israel entered the land of Canaan, the manna ceased; there was no longer manna, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan—Josh. 5:12:

Josh. 5:12     And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.

A.   The ceasing of the manna when the people began to eat the produce of the land indicates that the produce of the land was the continuation of the manna.

B.    The manna eaten by Israel in their wandering in the wilderness (Exo. 16) typifies Christ as the heavenly food given directly by God to His chosen people, which requires no labor on the part of the eaters.

Exo. 16:1      And they journeyed from Elim, and all the assembly of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure out of the land of Egypt.

Exo. 16:2      And the whole assembly of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron in the wilderness.

Exo. 16:3      And the children of Israel said to them, If only we had died by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole congregation with hunger.

Exo. 16:4      Then Jehovah said to Moses, I will now rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My law.

Exo. 16:5      And on the sixth day when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.

Exo. 16:6      So Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, In the evening you will know that Jehovah has brought you out from the land of Egypt;

Exo. 16:7      And in the morning you will see the glory of Jehovah, for He hears your murmurings against Jehovah. And what are we, that you murmur against us?

Exo. 16:8      And Moses said, This you will see when Jehovah gives you flesh to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for Jehovah hears your murmurings which you murmur against Him. And what are we? Your murmurings are not against us but against Jehovah.

Exo. 16:9      And Moses said to Aaron, Say to all the assembly of the children of Israel, Come near before Jehovah, for He has heard your murmurings.

Exo. 16:10    And as Aaron spoke to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and there the glory of Jehovah appeared in the cloud.

Exo. 16:11    And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

Exo. 16:12    I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, At twilight you will eat flesh, and in the morning you will be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am Jehovah your God.

Exo. 16:13    And at evening quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

Exo. 16:14    And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth.

Exo. 16:15    And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, What is it? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat.

Exo. 16:16    This is what Jehovah has commanded, Gather of it, each one according to his eating; you shall take an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, each one for those who are in his tent.

Exo. 16:17    And the children of Israel did so; and some gathered much, and some little.

Exo. 16:18    And when they measured it with an omer, he who gathered much had no excess, and he who gathered little had no lack; each of them gathered according to his eating.

Exo. 16:19    And Moses said to them, Let no man leave any of it until the morning.

Exo. 16:20    But they did not listen to Moses, and some men left part of it until the morning; and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was indignant with them.

Exo. 16:21    And they gathered it morning by morning, each one according to his eating; and when the sun became hot, it melted.

Exo. 16:22    And on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one; and all the leaders of the assembly came and told Moses.

Exo. 16:23    And he said to them, This is what Jehovah has spoken, Tomorrow is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to Jehovah. Bake what you will bake, and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside for yourselves to be kept until the morning.

Exo. 16:24    And they put it aside until the morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor was there any worm in it.

Exo. 16:25    And Moses said, Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to Jehovah; today you will not find it in the field.

Exo. 16:26    Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day is the Sabbath; on it there will be none.

Exo. 16:27    And on the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none.

Exo. 16:28    And Jehovah said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

Exo. 16:29    See, Jehovah has given you the Sabbath, therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Let each of you stay in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

Exo. 16:30    So the people rested on the seventh day.

Exo. 16:31    And the house of Israel called its name manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers made with honey.

Exo. 16:32    And Moses said, This is what Jehovah has commanded, Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out from the land of Egypt.

Exo. 16:33    And Moses said to Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before Jehovah, to be kept throughout your generations.

Exo. 16:34    As Jehovah commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony to be kept.

Exo. 16:35    And the children of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to inhabitable land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

Exo. 16:36    Now an omer is a tenth of an ephah.

C.    The rich produce of the promised land given by God to Israel in their fighting in Canaan typifies Christ as the consummated life supply given to the believers, which requires them to labor on Him—Deut. 8:7-10:

Deut. 8:7       For Jehovah your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of waterbrooks, of springs and of fountains, flowing forth in valleys and in mountains;

Deut. 8:8       A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees with oil and of honey;

Deut. 8:9       A land in which you will eat bread without scarcity; you will not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and from whose mountains you can mine copper.

Deut. 8:10     And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you.

1. As portrayed in the typology here, after possessing Christ as the land, we need to labor on Him to produce something of Him that will become our food, our life supply.

2. As we eat Christ and enjoy Him as the produce of the good land, we are constituted with Him, being made the same as Christ in life, nature, and expression—John 6:57; Phil. 1:19-21a.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

Phil. 1:19      For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Phil. 1:20      According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.

Phil. 1:21      For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

3. Ultimately, our enjoying of Christ as our inheritance, our possession, will constitute us to be God’s inheritance, God’s treasure and possession—Eph. 1:11-14, 18b; cf. Exo. 19:5.

Eph. 1:11      In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph. 1:12      That we would be to the praise of His glory who have first hoped in Christ,

Eph. 1:13      In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,

Eph. 1:14      Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

Eph. 1:18      The eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Exo. 19:5      Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My personal treasure from among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine.

D.   In Egypt, the wilderness, and the good land, the people of Israel experienced three stages of eating:

1. In Egypt the people of Israel ate the passover lamb—12:3, 8-9:

Exo. 12:3      Speak to all the assembly of Israel, saying, On the tenth of this month each man shall take a lamb according to his fathers' house, a lamb for a household.

Exo. 12:8      And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread with bitter herbs.

Exo. 12:9      Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire-its head with its legs and with its inward parts.

a. Just as the roasted flesh of the passover lamb was to be eaten for life supply, so we need to eat Christ for our life supply—vv. 8-10; John 6:53, 55-57:

Exo. 12:8      And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread with bitter herbs.

Exo. 12:9      Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire-its head with its legs and with its inward parts.

Exo. 12:10    And you shall not let any of it remain until the morning, but any of it that remains until the morning you shall burn with fire.

John 6:53      Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within yourselves.

John 6:55      For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

John 6:56      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

1)    To solve the problem of the fall of man and to accomplish God’s original intention, both life and redemption are needed.

2)    God’s judicial redemption through the blood of Christ is the procedure to reach God’s goal of dispensing Christ as life into us for our organic salvation—Rom. 5:10.

Rom. 5:10     For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,

b. The children of Israel were to eat the passover lamb with its head, legs, and inward parts—Exo. 12:9:

Exo. 12:9      Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire-its head with its legs and with its inward parts.

1)    The head signifies wisdom, the legs signify activity and move, and the inward parts signify the inward parts of Christ’s being, including His mind, emotion, will, and heart with all their functions.

2)    Eating the passover lamb with the head, legs, and inward parts signifies taking Christ in His entirety with His wisdom, His activity and move, and His inward parts—John 6:57; 1 Cor. 1:24; Rev. 14:4b; Phil. 1:8.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

1 Cor. 1:24    But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Rev. 14:4      These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.

Phil. 1:8        For God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus.

2. In the wilderness the people of Israel ate manna—Exo. 16:14-16, 31; Num. 11:7:

Exo. 16:14    And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth.

Exo. 16:15    And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, What is it? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat.

Exo. 16:16    This is what Jehovah has commanded, Gather of it, each one according to his eating; you shall take an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, each one for those who are in his tent.

Exo. 16:31    And the house of Israel called its name manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers made with honey.

Num. 11:7     Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.

a. By giving His people manna to eat, God indicated that His intention was to change their constitution by changing their diet—Exo. 16:14-15:

Exo. 16:14    And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth.

Exo. 16:15    And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, What is it? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat.

1)    In name the children of Israel were not Egyptian, but in nature and in constitution they did not differ from the Egyptians in the least—v. 3.

Exo. 16:3      And the children of Israel said to them, If only we had died by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole congregation with hunger.

2)    The Egyptian diet denotes all the things we desire to feed on in order to find satisfaction—Num. 11:4-6.

Num. 11:4    And the mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly; and the children of Israel also wept again and said, Who shall give us meat to eat?

Num. 11:5    We remember the fish which we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic;

Num. 11:6    But now our appetite has gone; there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.

b. God wanted His redeemed people to forget the Egyptian diet and to partake of heavenly food—Deut. 8:3:

Deut. 8:3      And He humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you the manna, which you had never known nor your fathers had ever known, so that He might make you know that man lives not by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out from the mouth of Jehovah.

1)    The more manna we eat, the more we correspond to God, are identified with Him, and live and walk according to what He is.

2)    What helps us most in our daily living with the Lord is eating Christ as the heavenly food; by eating Christ, we become Christ; that is, Christ becomes our constituent—John 6:56-58.

John 6:56      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

John 6:58      This is the bread which came down out of heaven, not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread shall live forever.

3. In Canaan the people of Israel ate the produce of the good land—Josh. 5:11-12:

Josh. 5:11     And on the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.

Josh. 5:12     And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.

a. In the third stage of eating, they ate the rich supply of the good land, which constituted them further to be an overcoming people.

b. The good land was a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, pomegranates, olive trees with oil, and honey, all of which typify the unsearchable riches of Christ—Deut. 8:8; Eph. 3:8.

Deut. 8:8      A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees with oil and of honey;

Eph. 3:8        To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel

c. By enjoying the riches of the good land, the people of Israel conquered the tribes in the land, established the kingdom of God, and built up the temple as God’s dwelling place on earth—Josh. 5:11-12.

Josh. 5:11     And on the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.

Josh. 5:12     And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.

4. These three stages typify the three stages of the believers’ enjoyment of Christ by eating Him—John 6:51-57; 1 Cor. 5:7-8; 10:3-4; Phil. 1:19:

John 6:51      I am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread which I will give is My flesh, given for the life of the world.

John 6:52      The Jews then contended with one another, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat?

John 6:53      Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within yourselves.

John 6:54      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

John 6:55      For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

John 6:56      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

1 Cor. 5:7      Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed.

1 Cor. 5:8      So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Cor. 10:3    And all ate the same spiritual food,

1 Cor. 10:4    And all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.

Phil. 1:19      For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

a. By their eating in the first two stages, the believers are energized to leave the world and are constituted with Christ as the heavenly element—John 6:51-57; 1 Cor. 5:7-8; 10:3-4.

John 6:51      I am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread which I will give is My flesh, given for the life of the world.

John 6:52      The Jews then contended with one another, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat?

John 6:53      Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within yourselves.

John 6:54      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

John 6:55      For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

John 6:56      He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.

John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.

1 Cor. 5:7     Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed.

1 Cor. 5:8     So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Cor. 10:3   And all ate the same spiritual food,

1 Cor. 10:4   And all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.

b. To reach the goal of God’s economy, we need to progress until we enter into the highest stage of eating Christ as the rich produce of the good land so that we may overcome the spiritual enemies, be built up to be God’s dwelling place, and establish God’s kingdom on earth.

c. As we eat Christ as the produce of the good land, we are constituted with Him and are made the same as Christ in life, nature, and expression for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ—Eph. 4:16.

Eph. 4:16      Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

II.    The intrinsic significance of the allotment of the good land is that we, the possessors of the land, experience the one Christ in different ways—Josh. 13:1—22:34:

Josh. 13:1—22:34           See the verses listed under Scripture Reading of this message.

A.   Within God’s economy there is something called the allotment of the land—Col. 1:12.

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

B.    After Joshua took possession of the land, God commanded him to allot the land that had been possessed and even the land that had not yet been possessed, because in God’s eyes all the land was for Israel—Josh. 13:6:

Josh. 13:6     All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, all the Sidonians. I Myself will drive them out before the children of Israel; nevertheless allot it to Israel as an inheritance as I have commanded you.

1. In His wisdom, God did not allot the good land as a whole to all the children of Israel; rather, He allotted that land, that is, Christ, to the different tribes—v. 7.

Josh. 13:7     And now divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

2. Because the tribes were different, God could not give the same land in the same way to every tribe.

3. All the tribes were possessors of the land, but the tribes possessed particular portions of the land according to what they were—14:6-15; 18:1—19:27.

Josh. 14:6     Then the children of Judah approached Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the word that Jehovah spoke to Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning you in Kadesh-barnea.

Josh. 14:7     I was forty years old when Moses the servant of Jehovah sent me out from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land; and I returned such a word to him as was genuinely upon my heart.

Josh. 14:8     However my brothers who went up with me made the people's heart melt, but I fully followed Jehovah my God.

Josh. 14:9     And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, for you have fully followed Jehovah my God.

Josh. 14:10    And now, look, Jehovah has kept me alive, as He said, for these forty-five years, since the time Jehovah spoke this word to Moses while Israel walked through the wilderness. And now, look, today I am eighty-five years old.

Josh. 14:11    Today I am still as strong as I was on the day Moses sent me out; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for battle and for going out and coming in.

Josh. 14:12    Now therefore give me this hill country, of which Jehovah spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that the Anakim were there with great fortified cities. It may be that Jehovah will be with me, and I will dispossess them, as Jehovah said.

Josh. 14:13    So Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.

Josh. 14:14    Therefore Hebron has become the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day because he fully followed Jehovah the God of Israel.

Josh. 14:15    And the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba. (This Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

Josh. 18:1     And the whole assembly of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh, and they set up the Tent of Meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.

Josh. 18:2     And among the children of Israel there remained seven tribes whose inheritance had not been divided to them.

Josh. 18:3     And Joshua said to the children of Israel, How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has given you?

Josh. 18:4     Appoint three men for each tribe, and I will send them out. And they shall rise up and go through the land, and write a description of it with a view to its being their inheritance; and they shall come to me.

Josh. 18:5     And they shall divide it into seven portions: Judah shall stay at his border on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay at their border on the north.

Josh. 18:6     And you shall describe the land in seven portions and bring the description here to me; then I will cast lots for you here before Jehovah our God.

Josh. 18:7     But the Levites shall have no portion among you, for the priesthood of Jehovah is their inheritance. And Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance across the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of Jehovah had given to them.

Josh. 18:8     And the men rose up and went; and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it; then return to me, and I will cast lots for you before Jehovah here in Shiloh.

Josh. 18:9     So the men went, and they passed through the land and described it by cities into seven portions in a book. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh.

Josh. 18:10    And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Jehovah. And there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions.

Josh. 18:11    And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came out, according to their families. And the border of their lot went between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.

Josh. 18:12    And their border on the northern side was from the Jordan, and the border went up alongside Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and its end was at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Josh. 18:13    And from there the border passed to Luz, on the southern side of Luz (this is Bethel); and the border went down to Ataroth-addar, at the mountain which is south of Lower Beth-horon.

Josh. 18:14    And the border turned from there and went around the west side southward, from the mountain that is to the south of Beth-horon; and its end was at Kiriath-baal (this is Kiriath-jearim), a city of the children of Judah. This was the west side.

Josh. 18:15    The south side was from the limit of Kiriath-jearim, and the border went from the west and went to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah;

Josh. 18:16    And the border went down to the limit of the mountain that is before the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is north of the valley of the Rephaim; and it went down into the Valley of Hinnom, to the southern side of the Jebusite slope, and went down to En-rogel,

Josh. 18:17    And turned north, and went to En-shemesh, and went to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim; and it went down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

Josh. 18:18    And it passed by the side before the Arabah northward, and went down to the Arabah;

Josh. 18:19    And the border passed by the northern side of Beth-hoglah, and the end of the border was at the northern bay of the Salt Sea at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border.

Josh. 18:20    And the Jordan borders it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families, according to its borders all around.

Josh. 18:21    And the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-keziz

Josh. 18:22    And Beth-arabah and Zemaraim and Bethel

Josh. 18:23    And Avvim and Parah and Ophrah

Josh. 18:24    And Chephar-ammoni and Ophni and Geba: twelve cities with their villages.

Josh. 18:25    Gibeon and Ramah and Beeroth

Josh. 18:26    And Mizpeh and Chephirah and Mozah

Josh. 18:27    And Rekem and Irpeel and Taralah

Josh. 18:28    And Zelah, Haeleph, and that of the Jebusite (this is Jerusalem), Gibeath, Kiriath: fourteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

Josh. 19:1     And the second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families. And their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Judah.

Josh. 19:2     And they had for their inheritance Beer-sheba, or Sheba, and Moladah

Josh. 19:3     And Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem

Josh. 19:4     And Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah

Josh. 19:5     And Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah

Josh. 19:6     And Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen: thirteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:7     Ain, Rimmon, and Ether, and Ashan: four cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:8     And all the villages which were around these cities as far as Baalath-beer, that is, Ramah of the Negev. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.

Josh. 19:9     Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon because the portion of the children of Judah was too large for them; thus the children of Simeon received an inheritance in the midst of their inheritance.

Josh. 19:10    And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families. And the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid;

Josh. 19:11    And their border went up to the west, even to Maralah, and reached Dabbesheth; and it reached the brook that is before Jokneam.

Josh. 19:12    And it turned from Sarid eastward toward the rising of the sun to the border of Chisloth-tabor, and went to Daberath and up to Japhia;

Josh. 19:13    And from there it passed eastward toward the rising of the sun to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin, and went to Rimmon, where it turned to Neah;

Josh. 19:14    And the border went around from the north to Hannathon; and its end was the valley of Iphtahel,

Josh. 19:15    With Kattath and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:16    This was the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:17    For Issachar the fourth lot came out, for the children of Issachar according to their families.

Josh. 19:18    And their territory was Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem

Josh. 19:19    And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath

Josh. 19:20    And Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez

Josh. 19:21    And Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez;

Josh. 19:22    And the border reached Tabor and Shahazumah and Beth-shemesh; and the end of their border was at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:23    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities with their villages.

Josh. 19:24    And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.

Josh. 19:25    And their territory was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph

Josh. 19:26    And Allammelech and Amad and Mishal; and it reached Carmel on the west and Shihor-libnath;

Josh. 19:27    And it turned toward the rising of the sun to Beth-dagon, and reached Zebulun and the valley of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel, and went to Cabul on the north

4. The fulfillment of this type of the allotment of the land is among us today—Col. 1:12:

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

a. We all have the same Christ, but we experience Christ in different ways—1 Cor. 1:2.

1 Cor. 1:2     To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:

b. The land (Christ) we possess is according to what we are—Rom. 12:3; Eph. 4:7.

Rom. 12:3    For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be sober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a measure of faith.

Eph. 4:7        But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

C.    In Colossians 1:12 Paul employs the concept of the all-inclusive land, speaking of “the allotted portion of the saints”:

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

1. The Greek word rendered “portion” can also be rendered “lot,” referring to an allotment.

2. When Paul was writing the Epistle to the Colossians, he had in mind the picture of the allotting of the good land to the children of Israel; he used the word portion with the Old Testament record of the land as the background—Josh. 14:2:

Josh. 14:2     By the lot of their inheritance, as Jehovah commanded through Moses for the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

a. In Colossians Christ is revealed as our portion, our lot—1:15-19; 2:6-15.

Col. 1:15      Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,

Col. 1:16      Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.

Col. 1:17      And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;

Col. 1:18      And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;

Col. 1:19      For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell

Col. 2:6        As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,

Col. 2:7        Having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Col. 2:8        Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ;

Col. 2:9        For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,

Col. 2:10      And you have been made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority.

Col. 2:11      In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ,

Col. 2:12      Buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Col. 2:13      And you, though dead in your offenses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our offenses;

Col. 2:14      Wiping out the handwriting in ordinances, which was against us, which was contrary to us; and He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.

Col. 2:15      Stripping off the rulers and the authorities, He made a display of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

b. Just as the land of Canaan was everything to the children of Israel, so Christ, the reality of the type of the good land, is everything to us—1:12.

Col. 1:12      Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

3. Christ as the preeminent and all-inclusive One is the allotted portion of the saints—v. 12.

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

4. The New Testament believers’ allotted portion is not a physical land; it is the all-inclusive Christ as the life-giving Spirit—2:6-7; Gal. 3:14:

Col. 2:6         As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,

Col. 2:7         Having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Gal. 3:14       In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

a. The riches of the good land typify the unsearchable riches of Christ in different aspects as the bountiful supply to His believers in His Spirit—Deut. 8:7-10; Eph. 3:8; Phil. 1:19.

Deut. 8:7      For Jehovah your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of waterbrooks, of springs and of fountains, flowing forth in valleys and in mountains;

Deut. 8:8      A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees with oil and of honey;

Deut. 8:9      A land in which you will eat bread without scarcity; you will not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and from whose mountains you can mine copper.

Deut. 8:10    And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you.

Eph. 3:8        To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel

Phil. 1:19      For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

b. By enjoying the riches of the land, the believers in Christ are built up to be His Body as the house of God and the kingdom of God—Eph. 1:22-23; 2:21-22; 1 Tim. 3:15; Matt. 16:18-19; Rom. 14:17.

Eph. 1:22      And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph. 1:23      Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph. 2:21      In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph. 2:22      In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

1 Tim. 3:15  But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.

Matt. 16:18   And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matt. 16:19   I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you bind on the earth shall have been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loose on the earth shall have been loosed in the heavens.

Rom. 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

D.   In Acts 26:18 Paul refers to the all-inclusive Christ as our inheritance:

Acts 26:18    To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

1. As the result of having our eyes opened and of being transferred from the authority of Satan to God, we not only have the forgiveness of sins, but we also receive a divine inheritance.

2. This inheritance is the Triune God Himself with all that He has, all that He has done, and all that He will do for His redeemed people; this Triune God is embodied in the all-inclusive Christ, who is the portion allotted to the saints as their inheritance—Col. 2:9.

Col. 2:9         For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,

3. The good land truly is a type of the all-inclusive Christ, the embodiment of the processed and consummated Triune God, who has been given to us as our inheritance—1:12.

Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

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