Drive Them Out

And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.  And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us:  and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.  And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only:  But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. 

Joshua 17:15-18

We will look at this passage for the next couple of days.  I came across it in my Bible reading recently and I think that there are some great lessons for us as Christians in it.  Joshua is here talking with the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the two sons of Joseph.  They were in the process of dividing up the Promised Land and Joshua issued a challenge: “If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.”

These tribes of Israel had some land.  But it was not enough for them.  So Joshua told them to go up and get some more.  He told them to go up to the mountain and take that.  The only problem was that there were Canaanites there who had “chariots of iron.”

Sometimes in our Christian lives, we are challenge to “expand our lives.”  We are challenged to be more or do more.  It usually means a lot more work, but it is worth it.  We should never be content with ourselves and we should always be pressing forward for the Lord!

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