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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Joshua

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Part 3: Ch.13-22: Allocating the Land

Ch.13 – Land still to be taken & Land east of the Jordan

Ch.14 – Main Land Allocations & Caleb's land

Ch.15 – Land Allocations for Judah (& Caleb)

Ch.16 – Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh

Ch.17 – Allotment for Manasseh (Cont.)

Ch.18 – The Seven tribes & Benjamin

Ch.19 – Allotments for the other Six Tribes

Ch.20 – Cities of Refuge

Ch.21 – Towns for the Levites

Ch.22 – Eastern Tribes Return Home



FRAMEWORKS: Joshua 14: Main Land Allocations & Caleb's land


v.1-4 Division of the Land West of the Jordan

v.6-12 Caleb Requests Land

v.13-15 Allotment for Caleb



v.1-4 Division of the Land West of the Jordan


v.1 Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them.

v.2 Their inheritances were assigned by lot to the nine and a half tribes, as the Lord had commanded through Moses.

v.3 Moses had granted the two and a half tribes their inheritance east of the Jordan but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest,

v.4 for Joseph's descendants had become two tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds.

v.5 So the Israelites divided the land, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.


[Notes: The main area of Canaan divided up for the nine and a half other tribes.]



v.6-12 Caleb Requests Land


v.6 Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me.

v.7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,

v.8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.

v.9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.'

v.10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!

v.11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

v.12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”


[Notes: Caleb is now eighty-five years old and remembers Moses' promise that because he had been faithful, he could have a portion of the land himself and so presents Joshua with the request for it.]



v.13-15 Allotment for Caleb


v.13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

v.14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord , the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.

v.15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

Then the land had rest from war.


[Notes: Joshua gives him Hebron.]