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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Joshua Chapter 19

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Joshua 
Date Penned: (1406-1370 BC)
Overview: A Record of Israel in the Promised Land (c 1-34)
Theme: Dividing the Promised Land (c 13-24)
Message: Land is Given to Joshua (v 1-51)

Joshua 19 Commentary

(19:1-18) Issacar is Given Shunem - Shunem was one of the towns given to the tribe of Issachar. When King David was elderly and frail, a young woman from Shunem was brought to the king to take care of him (1 Kings 1:3). Later, Elisha stayed at the house of a wealthy woman and her husband who lived in Shunem. The couple's only son died, and Elisha raised him from the dead (2 Kings 4:8-37).


(19:22) Mount Tabor is Used as a Reference - Tabor is most likely Mount Tabor, a single round mountain that rises almost 1,900 feet from its base. Tabor served as an indisputable landmark at the border of three tribes: Zebulun, Naphtali, and Issachar. At this mountain.

Deborah told Barak to call out 10,000 of his warriors (Judges 4:6).


(19:32-39) Naphtali is Identified - The tribe of Naphtali was descended from Jacob's sixth son, who had been born to Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant (Genesis 30:7-8). Nazareth and Capernaum were located within the historic borders of Naphtali. In the time of Jesus, this region was despised by the religious leaders in Jerusalem. But this is where Jesus would grow up and where he would spend the most time during his three years of active ministry. The prophet Isaiah predicted that the land of Naphtali would be humbled but would later be filled with glory (Isaiah 9:1).


(19:47-48) Dan goes to Leshem - The tribe of Dan found that some of their land was difficult to conquer, so they chose to migrate to Leshem, where they knew victory would be easier. They did not carry out God's will. Anyone can trust God when the going is easy. But our faith and courage are put to the test when everything looks impossible. Have faith that God is great enough to tackle your most difficult situations, especially when God is the one who placed you there


(19:51) Boundaries were Established - There were several good reasons for establishing these well-set boundaries instead of turning the Promised Land into a single undivided nation: (1) The boundaries gave each tribe ownership of an area, promoting loyalty and unity that would strengthen each tribe. (2) The boundaries delineated areas of responsibility and privilege, which would help each tribe develop and mature. (3) The boundaries reduced conflicts that might have broken out if everyone had wanted to live in the choicest areas. (4) The boundaries fulfilled the promised inheritance for each tribe, many declared in the blessings given many years earlier by Jacob (Genesis 48:21-22).


Dave Burnette's Life Application

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Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Joshua with Chapter 19 and we see continue to see the dividing of the Promise land with Joshua getting his portion  He had the pick of the cities as a sign of appreciation due to his devotion and faithful leadership. In making application we are reminded to honor and financially take care of our leaders today. True Pastors and Ministers don't serve for financial gain. Unfortunately many are not supported so they can't devote their lives 100% to serve since many have families that they have to provide for. When we support our spiritual leaders we are really benefiting ourselves for we reap the fruit of their labor. How about you? Do you and your Church support your Pastors and Leaders? Let us learn from out text today and the life of Joshua by supporting the leadership of the Church.  

 

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Joshua 19

Joshua 19

 1And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families: and their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Judah.

 2And they had in their inheritance Beersheba, and Sheba, and Moladah,

 3And Hazarshual, and Balah, and Azem,

 4And Eltolad, and Bethul, and Hormah,

 5And Ziklag, and Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusah,

 6And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages:

 7Ain, Remmon, and Ether, and Ashan; four cities and their villages:

 8And all the villages that were round about these cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.

 9Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.

 10And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families: and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid:

 11And their border went up toward the sea, and Maralah, and reached to Dabbasheth, and reached to the river that is before Jokneam;

 12And turned from Sarid eastward toward the sunrising unto the border of Chislothtabor, and then goeth out to Daberath, and goeth up to Japhia,

 13And from thence passeth on along on the east to Gittahhepher, to Ittahkazin, and goeth out to Remmonmethoar to Neah;

 14And the border compasseth it on the north side to Hannathon: and the outgoings thereof are in the valley of Jiphthahel:

 15And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

 16This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

 17And the fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families.

 18And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem,

 19And Haphraim, and Shihon, and Anaharath,

 20And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez,

 21And Remeth, and Engannim, and Enhaddah, and Bethpazzez;

 22And the coast reacheth to Tabor, and Shahazimah, and Bethshemesh; and the outgoings of their border were at Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.

 23This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.

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

 25And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,

 26And Alammelech, and Amad, and Misheal; and reacheth to Carmel westward, and to Shihorlibnath;

 27And turneth toward the sunrising to Bethdagon, and reacheth to Zebulun, and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek, and Neiel, and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand,

 28And Hebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon;

 29And then the coast turneth to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turneth to Hosah; and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib:

 30Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their villages.

 31This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.

 32The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families.

 33And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan:

 34And then the coast turneth westward to Aznothtabor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zebulun on the south side, and reacheth to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising.

 35And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth,

 36And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor,

 37And Kedesh, and Edrei, and Enhazor,

 38And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and Bethshemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.

 39This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.

 40And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families.

 41And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh,

 42And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah,

 43And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,

 44And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath,

 45And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon,

 46And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho.

 47And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.

 48This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

 49When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them:

 50According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnathserah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt therein.

 51These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country.