The Book of Joshua – Part 16, Chapters 16–17 Inherently: The dream of Pharaoh is one (Gen 41:25)  

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The Book of Joshua – Part 16, Chapters 16–17 – Inherently: The dream of Pharaoh is one (Gen 41:25)

[Study Aired June 17, 2023]

Again, this study of Joshua chapters 16-17 identifies the geographical boundaries of the various tribes’ inheritances. In a recent study of Joshua, I mentioned that the pictorial of the tribe’s boundaries looked like the internal organs of a human body. It could be spiritually interesting for the individual to study in detail the meaning of the names of each tribe’s inheritance.

Map of Israel’s inheritance (for later reference, see Gezer):

As an instigation for possible inspiration, and with Asher in the far north beside Naphtali, Asher means happy and to go straight and level, while Naphtali means wrestling and to twist. It could be pictorially said that those two nations represent the head of the allegorical ‘body’ of the Lord’s first wife; for us, whose spiritual desire is to go straight and level, yet our flesh is weak and wrestles both negatively and positively in labour with his word.

The Sea of Galilee could represent her mouth, where she ingested the waters of the word of God. Galilee means circuit, folding doors, cylinder & rod. Israel chewed the word of God in a circulatory motion (like chewing the cud)  through Galilee’s representation. The Lord’s word was painstakingly hand-scribed on papaya parchments, and the rod of its testaments held safe in cylinders.

The Jordan, meaning descender, to go down and sink down, flowed in from the snowy Mt. Hermon (meaning mountain) to the north of Israel, depicting the mighty mountain, our Lord above Israel, feeding her mind with His pure word.  

Without compromising too much about the individual’s spiritual discoveries for himself, I’ll jump to the two tribes of Manasseh who decidedly look like her two lungs with the esophagus running between them past the spiritual heart of Jerusalem, Ephraim and Benjamin, with Judah digesting the Lord’s word next to the bowels of waste in the Dead Sea.

Mat 15:17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the waste-bowl? [MKJV]

Somewhat tragically, where the Salt Sea dissipates into desert marshland at Zoar into Edom, is the end of her bodily elimination with Esau’s profanity in rejecting his birthright. This bodily function of Israel has her go outside the camp of the Lord to relieve herself in the easily dug wasteland of Edom.

Deu 23:12 You shall also have a place outside the camp where you shall go forth. 
Deu 23:13 And you shall have a paddle on your weapon. And it shall be, when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you. 
Deu 23:14 For Jehovah your God walks in the middle of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you. Therefore your camp shall be holy, so that He may see no unclean thing in you and turn away from you.

Zoar means insignificance, and to be or grow insignificant, grow small as Israel’s dung disappears into the soil that will fertilise Esau in the Lake of Fire.

Heb 12:11 Now chastening for the present does not seem to be joyous, but grievous. Nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it. 
Heb 12:12 Because of this, straighten up the hands which hang down and the enfeebled knees. 
Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed. 
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord;
Heb 12:15 looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled,
Heb 12:16 (lest there be any fornicator, or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
Heb 12:17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he did not find any place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears).

Even though the pictorial of Ephraim and Benjamin surrounding Jerusalem is the heart of the Lord’s wife, their location isn’t biologically perfectly positioned in her body, nor is the angle of Judah, a caricature of her liver. A liver’s function is to cleanse the blood of the word and inject digestive enzymes into the stomach that nourish her body.

Liver shape and position:

As with the previous studies regarding the boundaries of each tribe’s land, I’ll not read the outwardly bland details. Likewise, I’ll not duplicate the chapters previously studied; rather, I’ll interpret them as I go.

Chapter 16 details the allotment of lands for Ephraim and Manasseh with a distinction of single cities noted in verses 9 and 10.

The Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh

Jos 16:1 And the lot of the sons of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, to the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from Jericho through Mount Bethel, 
Jos 16:2 and goes out from Bethel to Luz, and passes along to the borders of the Archites, to Ataroth; 
Jos 16:3 and it goes down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Beth-horon the lower, and to Gezer. And its boundary was at the sea. 
Jos 16:4 And the sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance. 
Jos 16:5 And the border of the sons of Ephraim was by their families: the border of their inheritance on the east side was Ataroth-addar, to Beth-horon the upper. 
Jos 16:6 And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side. And the border went about eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed by it on the east to Janohah. 
Jos 16:7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came again to Jericho, and went out at Jordan. 
Jos 16:8 The border went out from Tappuah westward to the river Kanah. And the boundary was at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Ephraim by their families.
Jos 16:9 And the separate cities for the sons of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the sons of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 
Jos 16:10 And they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer [gheh’-zer = portion]. But the Canaanites live among the Ephraimites until this day, and serve under tribute [H4522].

The Canaanites stubbornly resided amid Ephraim and Manasseh as they spiritually do in us today. In this account, they represent our Christian Babylonian brothers and sisters who labor in the heat of the day, bringing us many bible versions, commentaries and electronic studies for ease of study. “Tribute” H4522 means 1. gang or body of forced labourers, task-workers, labour band or gang, forced service, task-work, serfdom, tributary, tribute, levy, taskmasters, discomfited a. labour-band, labour-gang, slave gang b. gang-overseers c. forced service, serfdom, tribute, enforced payment. Derived from H4549, meaning 1. to dissolve, melt a. (Qal) to waste away b. (Niphal) 1. to melt, vanish, drop off, melt away 2. to faint, grow fearful (fig.) 3. wasted, worthless (participle).

Indeed, even though our Canaanite brothers and sisters have done us a mighty unpaid service, their hard work, and at the Lord’s hand, has spiritually gone over their heads. They will certainly feel worthless and jilted, as did the labourers first hired to work in the vineyard (Mat 20:1-16), and we diligently study the word of God in spiritually weak light before being dragged to his service. We were forced to pay our tithes, our “tributes” in Gentile Christianity, and upon hearing the truth, we melted away in the heat of our Lord’s word.

Luk 8:10 And He said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. But to others [our Babylonian Christian brothers and sisters with whom we reside] I speak in parables, so that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand.

Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 
Jer 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 
Jer 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 
Jer 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 
Jer 29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.
Jer 29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD. 
Jer 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

We saw in Joshua 10:33 that Joshua killed the king of Gezer; however, since the Lord decreed that not all the Canaanites would be routed from the land, much later, a Pharaoh from Egypt devastated the Gezer city and offered it to Solomon as a dowry when Solomon married his daughter.

Excavations of the 3,000-year-old Gezer ‘tel’ reveal their ritualistic child sacrifice and phallus-like stone edifices, and they remain to be seen today and are particularly relevant to Jeremiah 3:9.

Jer 3:6 Jehovah also said to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and has fornicated there.
Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn to Me! But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes for which backsliding Israel committed adultery, I sent her away and gave a bill of divorce to her, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she went and whored, she also. 
Jer 3:9 And it happened, from the folly of her whoredom, she defiled the land and fornicated with stones [see link above] and stocks.
Jer 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but with falsehood, says Jehovah. 
Jer 3:11 And Jehovah said to me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

Our Lord specifically caused the Canaanites to remain in our land to try us and be a continual source of spiritual food and for us to remember to not repeat what Solomon and Israel physically acted.

1Ki 3:1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. 
1Ki 3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

What a classic act of Satan to first not allow the Israelites to be able to cleanse the land of Gezerites residing in the literal heart of Israel, and then much later have Pharaoh look like an ally by doing Israel’s job of killing the Gezerites. Pharaoh sealed the deal by giving Solomon his daughter in marriage and Gezer as a dowry.

Subsequently, Israel sacrificed in high places since there wasn’t anywhere physically to demonstrate their devotion, and defaulted to father Satan’s influence. They built or used the land’s enemy’s methods of sacrifice and mixed the Lord’s commands with their enemy’s doctrines. It is today’s classic act of Babylonian Christianity to acquiesce to the pressures of evil to love and not judge anyone’s Canaanite-like worship; it happens in Gentile Christianity and government. It is typical of us in the Body of Christ anytime we do not use the multitude of counsel, allowing false doctrine and leaven to creep in.

Lev 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 
Lev 18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. 
Lev 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Continuing with the King’s thread:

1Ki 3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
1Ki 3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

1Ki 9:15 And this is the reason of the levy [1. gang or body of forced labourers, task-workers, labour band or gang, forced service, task-work, serfdom, tributary] which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, [khaw-tsore’; = castle] and Megiddo [meg-id-done’ = place of crowds], and Gezer [gheh’-zer = portion]
1Ki 9:16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon’s wife.

Pharaoh’s actions are like Delilah’s (= feeble) with Sampson by conniving to be a fifth-columnist alliance for our ultimate destruction, yet those deceitful contrivances were our food. Pharaoh had no compassion for Canaanites, who were on par with iniquity with Egypt, only to use them to ‘melt away’ and make the source of Israel’s power, the Lord’s word, ‘worthless’ and ‘feeble’. It happens to us anytime we water down the Lord’s word with false doctrine, welcoming our “mistress”, the Great Whore to unwittingly rule over us.

1Ki 9:17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether [= lower; below Gezer],
1Ki 9:18 And Baalath [bah-al-awth’. Ironically meaning 1. mistress, female owner 2. sorceress], and Tadmor [= palm tree; erect] in the wilderness, in the land,
1Ki 9:19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. 
1Ki 9:20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel
1Ki 9:21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.

Note those “five kings” correlate to the other “five kings” in Joshua 10 killed very early in Joshua’s exploits, substantiating that we cannot totally destroy our enemies while we remain in sinful flesh, which remains for us as a chastisement by grace through faith for our spiritual food.

Gen 47:26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.

Phallus and Ashteroth’s worship on ‘every high hill’ was common in the land and resulted from Israel being unable to utterly cleanse her land of the enemies, as the previous Gezer link showed.

Typically today, the world of modern Gezerites worship their pudenda in every depraved manner imaginable. Spiritually, they are our Gentile Christian kin working in tribute to the Lord’s Body for the honor of kings to search out the truth from their fornicating doctrines (Pro 25:2). Off-site, as with Solomon’s Temple, they are unwittingly and effectively building our temple in grace through faith in fives (Exo 26, Eze 42).

1Ki 9:21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.
1Ki 9:22  But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen. 
1Ki 9:23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon’s work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.
1Ki 9:24 But Pharaoh’s daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.
1Ki 9:25 And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar which he built unto the LORD, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the LORD. So he finished the house.

So, the symbolic Canaanites and Gezerites live among us until this day both outwardly and diminishing inwardly. However, because Gezer wasn’t utterly destroyed and, in part, Solomon later took Pharaoh’s daughter to be a wife, it was an incredibly significant symbolism of the beginning of Jeremiah’s prophecies and all things being ours in our spiritual trials.

The following scriptures are longish and evoke an intense spiritual joy, and as such, are well worth reading and reflecting upon each verse of why God caused the Canaanites and Gezerites to remain among us to this day.

Jer 25:15  For so says Jehovah, the God of Israel, to me, Take the wine cup of this wrath at My hand, and cause all the nations to whom I shall send you to drink it. 
Jer 25:16 And they shall drink, and reel to and fro, and be maddened, because of the sword that I will send among them. 
Jer 25:17 Then I took the cup at Jehovah’s hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom Jehovah had sent me. 
Jer 25:18 Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings of them, and their rulers, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing, and a curse, as it is today, 
Jer 25:19 Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and his servants, and his rulers, and all his people, 
Jer 25:20 and all the mixed people, [outside the camp of Israel] and all the kings of the land of Uz [= counsel; plan {paradoxically}], and all the kings of the land of the Philistines [= land of sojourners], and Ashkelon [= fire of infamy; to weigh; pay out], and Azzah [= strong; mighty; fierce], and Ekron [= emigration or torn up by the roots], and the rest of Ashdod [= to deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin, destroy, spoil]
Jer 25:21 Edom [ = red, ruddy (of man, horse, heifer, garment, water, lentils], and Moab [ = father of an individual], and the sons of Ammon [= nation, people]
Jer 25:22 and all the kings of Tyre [= flint, hard pebble], and all the kings of Sidon [= hunting], and the kings of the coastlands beyond the sea, 
Jer 25:23 Dedan [Eze 27:20 Dedan was your merchant in loose cloths for riding], and Tema [= desert], and Buz [= contempt; a. springing from evil b. springing from prosperity c. springing from judgment], and those who trim the edges of their beards [made to look righteous; rich men; tithing on mint, dill and cummin Mat 23:23]. 
Jer 25:24 and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed people who dwell in the desert, 
Jer 25:25 and all the kings of Zimri [= my music; 1. to sing, sing praise, make music], and all the kings of Elam [= eternity; 1. a Korhite Levite in the time of David 2. a chief man of the tribe of Benjamin], and all the kings of the Medes [synomous of Gog and Magog]
Jer 25:26 and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are on the face of the earth; and the king of Sheshach [ = thy fine linen 1. another name for Babylon apparently taken from the Goddess ‘Shach’] shall drink after them. 
Jer 25:27 So you shall say to them, So says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Drink and be drunk, and vomit, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. 
Jer 25:28 And it shall be if they refuse to take the cup at your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, So says Jehovah of Hosts, You shall certainly drink.
Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by My name [Jerusalem and particularly as we become Jerusalem above]; and should you be found entirely without guilt? You shall not be without guilt. For I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth, says Jehovah of Hosts. 
Jer 25:30 And prophesy against them all these Words, and say to them, Jehovah shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation. He shall mightily roar over His dwelling place. He shall give a shout, like those who tread out grapes, against all the people of the earth. 
Jer 25:31 A noise shall come to the ends of the earth; for Jehovah has a controversy with the nations; He will enter into judgment with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword, says Jehovah.
Jer 25:32 So says Jehovah of Hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest shall be stirred up from the corners of the earth.
Jer 25:33 And the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; they shall not be mourned, nor gathered, nor buried. They shall be as dung on the ground. [how prophetically beautiful for our growth!]
Jer 25:34 Howl, shepherds, and cry; and roll, leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and of your scatterings are fulfilled; and you shall fall like a desirable vessel. 
Jer 25:35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the choice ones of the flock, to escape. 
Jer 25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a howling of the choice ones of the flock shall be heard; for Jehovah has spoiled their pasture.
Jer 25:37 And the peaceful pastures are cut down because of the fierce anger of Jehovah. 
Jer 25:38 Like the lion, He has left His den; for their land is wasted because of the oppressor’s pressing fury, and because of His fierce anger.

What powerful prophecy and the delight within and without those verses arouse!

Jos 17:1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh (for he was the first-born of Joseph); for Machir [maw-keer’], the first-born of Manasseh, the father of Gilead [ghil-awd’], because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead [ghil-awd’] and Bashan.

Manasseh, the elder brother of Ephraim, means causing to forget.

Gen 41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath [aw-se-nath’- Definition: Asenath = belonging to the Goddess Neith 1. the wife of Joseph] the daughter of Potipherah priest of On [one – Definition: On = strength or vigour 1. city in lower Egypt, bordering land of Goshen, centre of sun-worship, residence of Potipherah (priest of On and father-in-law of Joseph] bare unto him. 
Gen 41:51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

We, too, are the firstborn, men of war against all the evil within opposing the temple of God. Initially, we forget or disregard the whole of God’s word until the day He drags us to Himself, and then and in time, we, like Joseph and a woman in travail, forget the pain, humiliation and hatred directed against us, and glorify our Lord for the new creation we are becoming.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Inclusive of Joshua 17:1 above and below, verses 2 to 18 regarding Manasseh’s inheritance, requires a little concentration on the sum total meaning of names for the summary and understanding. The collective meanings of the names are mostly positive, with the negative connotations typically balancing our journey to becoming Christs.

Jos 17:2 There was also a lot [land; a heritage] for the rest of the sons of Manasseh by their families: for the sons of Abiezer [ab-ee-ay’-zer = my father is help], and for the sons of Helek [khay’-lek = portion], and for the sons of Asriel [as-ree-ale’ = I shall be prince of God. to go straight, walk, go on, advance, make progress. god, God-like one, mighty one], and for the sons of Shechem [sheh’-kem = back or shoulder], and for the sons of Hepher [khay’-fer = a well. To be ashamed, be confounded, be abashed, feel abashed], and for the sons of Shemida [shem-ee-daw’ = wise]; these were the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, by their families. 
Jos 17:3 But Zelophehad [tsel-of-chawd = first-born] the son of Hepher [khay’-fer], the son of Gilead [ghil-awd’], the son of Machir [maw-keer’= sold], the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters. And these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah [makh-law’ = disease], and Noah [no-aw’ = motion; to quiver, totter, shake, reel, stagger, wander, move, sift, make move, wave, waver, tremble], Hoglah [khog-law’ = partridge; house of the partridge], Milcah [mil-kaw’ = queen], and Tirzah [teer-tsaw’ = favourable; to be pleased with, be favourable to, accept favourably].
Jos 17:4 And they came near before Eleazar [el-aw-zawr’ = God has helped] the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the rulers, saying, Jehovah commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers. And according to the command of Jehovah he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father. 
Jos 17:5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead  [ghil-awd’] and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan; 
Jos 17:6 because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons. And the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead[ghil-awd’].
Jos 17:7 And the border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah [mik-meth-awth’ = hiding place] before Shechem [sheh’-kem = back or shoulder]. And the border went up to the right to the inhabitants of En-tappuah [ane tap-poo’-akh = fountain of the apple-city].
Jos 17:8 Manasseh had the land of Tappuah [tap-poo’-akh], but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the sons of Ephraim. 
Jos 17:9 And the border went down to the river Kanah [kaw-naw’ = reed, stalk, bone, balances], southward of the river. These cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh. And the border of Manasseh was on the north of the river, and the boundary was at the sea. 
Jos 17:10 Southward it was Ephraim’s, and northward it was Manasseh’s. And the sea is its border. And they met together in Asher [aw-share’  = happy] on the north, and in Issachar [yis-saw-kawr’ = there is recompense] on the east.
Jos 17:11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean [aw-share’ bayth she-awn’ = happy house of ease] and its towns, and Ibleam [yib-leh-awm’ = devouring the people;  to swallow down, swallow up, engulf, eat up] and its towns, and those who lived in Dor [dore = period, generation, habitation, dwelling] and its towns, and those who lived in Endor [ ane-dore’ = fountain of Dor; eye ] and its towns, and those who lived in Taanach [tah-an-awk’ = sandy] and its towns, and those who lived in Megiddo [meg-id-done’ = place of crowds] and its towns, even three regions.

Mannasseh’s perspective is characteristic of us while we are still Babylonian Christians. We are crybabies thinking that our Father should be more kind to us since we have been working hard to please Him by killing all these giants with our strength; our inheritance should be easier to attain. We have thought that the Lord should just love us as we are in our delusion that Christ did ‘it all’ on the cross in our stead.

The meanings of the various families’ names are indicative of our victories and trials:

My father is help
I shall be a prince of God. to go straight, walk, go on, advance, make progress. god, God-like one, mighty one.
A well. To be ashamed, be confounded, be abashed, feel abashed.
Motion; to quiver, totter, shake, reel, stagger, wander, move, sift, make move, wave, waver, tremble
Partridge; house of the partridge (a largish, plump quail-like ground and brush dwelling game bird)
Favourable; to be pleased with, be favourable to, accept favourably
God has helped
Hiding place
Back or shoulder
Fountain of the apple-city
Reed, stalk, bone, balances
There is recompense
Happy house of ease
Devouring the people; to swallow down, swallow up, engulf, eat up
Period, generation, habitation, dwelling
Place of crowds

Our Lord loves us immensely by creating us in His fiery trials and working diligently to clean our land of giants. The ten-portion inheritance falling to Manasseh substantiates it since that number signifies the turbulent and joyful completeness in destroying the power of corruptible dying flesh.

Zelophehad’s (tsel-of-chawd’s = first-born. Jos 17:3) four daughters confirm in type that number the Bride of Christ’s whole journey and tribulation in becoming Christ’s wife.

Jos 17:12 Yet the sons of Manasseh were not able to occupy these cities, but the Canaanites wanted to live in that land.

Initially, we are, in kind, the sons of Manasseh, the church of the First Born, who are up against evil spirits, petulantly challenging us that they ‘don’t want to leave our land’. This type clearly can only be routed by prayer and fasting that represents diligently searching our ‘tent’ for an Achan-like buried cloak and treasure. All the time, we are actually the second born, the younger Ephraim, whom the elder Manasseh serves.

Mar 9:28 And He entering into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could we not cast him out? 
Mar 9:29 And He said to them, This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer and fasting.

When we become strong in the Lord’s spirit, we get paid in greater spiritual understanding with Christ as our inheritance. His spirit is a continual payment until the evil spirits literally ‘melt away’ at the First Resurrection with His full payment in Him. Of course, for the world, Satan, the chief of evil spirits, is released for a little season at the end of the One Thousand-Year reign to give the Lord His opportunity to do away with death in the death of all living.

Jos 17:13 And it happened when the sons of Israel had become strong, they put the Canaanites to tribute [1. to dissolve, melt a. (Qal) to waste away b. (Niphal) 1. to melt, vanish, drop off, melt away 2. to faint, grow fearful (fig.) 3. wasted, worthless] But they did not completely drive them out.
Jos 17:14 The sons of Joseph spoke to Joshua saying, Why have you given me one lot and one portion to inherit, since I am a great people, because Jehovah has blessed me until now? 
Jos 17:15 And Joshua answered them, If you are a great people, and if mount Ephraim is too narrow for you, get up to the forest and cut down more for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites [per-iz-zeeites’ = belonging to a village] and of the giants.

Excitedly, that is exactly what the Body of Christ does, not out of petty whimpering that we should be given more, yet knowing that what the Lord is giving us in Christ is beyond the price of any perceived gift! We eagerly rush into battle to cut down every giant green tree of evil in our land, knowing that it will be accomplished by our Lord’s unfailing strength.

Our enemy’s false religious conveyances of iron are no match for our inner battle in the valley of Jezreel, where their blood will rise to our Lord’s horse’s bridle.

Jos 17:16 And the sons of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us. And all the Canaanites who live in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, those who are of Beth-shean [bayth she-awn’ Beth-shean or Beth-Shan = house of ease] and its towns, and those who are of the valley of Jezreel.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God. 
Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia. 

Israel’s physical journey is our spiritual journey to becoming Christ. Hosea was given the gloomy task of marrying Gomer, a known harlot, who typifies Israel’s and our whoredoms against our Husband. In these apparent end-times, we need to be alert that Gomer can unwittingly morph into us being tardy for our Lord’s spiritual intimacies. She and her chariots of iron and her giants will be killed by our Lord’s spirit in Meggedo, the spiritual valley of Jezreel within. That pictorial will become vastly more expansive for humanity in the Lake of Fire.

Rev 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 

Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. 
Hos 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Jos 17:17 And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, You are a great people and have great power. You shall not have one lot.

Christ is our head, our “one lot” who rules with great power, the Elect “great people” who are very few.

Luk 12:32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Jos 17:18 But the mountain shall be yours, for it is a forest, and you shall cut it down. And the outer limits of it shall be yours. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and though they are strong. 

Dan 2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were broken to pieces together. And they became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. And the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God, 

Rev 21:27 And there shall in no way enter into it anything that defiles, or any making an abomination or a lie; but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 

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