Drive Them Out, Pt. 2

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

In this passage, the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh are being challenged by Joshua.  He told them that, if “mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee,” they needed to “get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself…”  Basically, he told them that, even though the Canaanites were dwelling there, they should go up and take the mountain.

That is a great picture of our Christian lives.  Too often we are content with wherever we are at in our walk with the Lord.  We stop moving forward.  But there are spiritual mountains out there and they can be ours.  We just need to go up by faith and take them.  Joshua started this discourse by telling these tribes “If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country…”  He ends it by telling them “Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only.”  They had some land.  But they needed and wanted more.  They just had to go up and take it.  We can be content to live mediocre Christian lives, or we can rise up by faith and “be a great people.”  It’s all there in front of us.  Are we going to go get it?

5 responses to this post.

  1. To often we allow a spirit of “I can’t” to control our decisions. Against that we must speak these truths of Scripture.

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  2. I love this part of Joshua! Sometimes we just need stirred up to do the things He wants us to do and made us to do. Thanks and God bless you!

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    • I think that people are naturally content with the status quo, whatever that may be. And thus, I do think it’s important to sometimes be stirred up to move on to higher things – just like Joshua did here! God bless you too!

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