Joshua 19
The Remainder Divided
Journey of Inheritance: Tribes and Territories in Ancient Israel

This chapter unveils the meticulous and just division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes of Israel under Joshua's leadership. It's a testament to God's faithfulness in fulfilling His promises and serves as an encouragement for us to trust in His providence and timing.

Simeon's Inheritance (Verses 1-9):

The tribe of Simeon received their inheritance within the territory of Judah, consisting of seventeen cities and their villages.

Zebulun's Inheritance (Verses 10-16):

Zebulun was assigned twelve cities and their villages, which included an extensive border area.

Issachar's Inheritance (Verses 17-23):

Issachar's territory encompassed sixteen cities and their villages.

Asher's Inheritance (Verses 24-31):

Asher's lot included twenty-two cities and their villages with borders stretching from the mountains to the sea.

Naphtali's Inheritance (Verses 32-39):

The tribe of Naphtali received nineteen cities and their villages.

Dan's Inheritance (Verses 40-48):

Dan's territory included seventeen cities and their villages. They later added the city of Leshem after capturing it.

Joshua's Inheritance (Verses 49-51):

Joshua was given the city of Timnath-serah as his inheritance, which he rebuilt and settled in.

This chapter provides a detailed account of the distribution of territories to the tribes of Israel, a process initiated under the leadership of Joshua. It explores the divine process of casting lots, the allocation of lands, and the resolutions of conflicts over territories.

1. Divine allocation and providence
2. Leadership and decision-making
3. Conflict and resolution
4. Inheritance and territory
1. The lot system for inheritance
2. The distribution of land among the tribes of Israel
3. Territory conflicts and resolutions
4. The special allocation for Joshua
1. Tribes of Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan
2. Joshua son of Nun
3. Eleazar the priest
1. Territories of Judah, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan
2. Shiloh
3. Tent of Meeting
4. City of Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim
Bible Study Questions

1. How does the process of dividing the land among the tribes of Israel reflect the principle of divine providence?

2. What lessons can we draw from the tribe of Simeon receiving an inheritance within Judah's portion? How can this be related to sharing and co-existing in today's society?

3. How can we apply the concept of inheritance as described for different tribes to the understanding of cultural and historical heritage in modern times?

4. How does the distribution of land contribute to the overall sense of community within the tribes of Israel?

5. How does the tribe of Dan's loss of territory and subsequent conquering of Leshem relate to the struggles and perseverance we face in our lives today?

6. How does Joshua's request for Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim reflect the concept of humility and contentment?

7. Can the distribution of the land be seen as a metaphor for how we should distribute resources in our communities today? How so?

8. What role did Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun play in the distribution of the land, and how does that relate to leadership and responsibility in our societies today?

9. The Israelites finished dividing the land before the LORD at the Tent of Meeting. What does this tell us about the importance of involving God in our decisions?

10. How might the division of these cities have influenced the culture and lifestyle of each tribe?

11. What principles can we draw from the chapter that could guide how we handle disputes over land and resources today?

12. Each tribe's inheritance included cities and their villages. What does this suggest about the relationship between urban and rural areas, and how might it inform our perspective on that relationship today?

13. The land was divided by casting lots. How does this method ensure fairness, and are there similar methods we use today?

14. How did the specific geographical locations of each tribe's inheritance play into their unique identities, and how does where we live today shape our identities?

15. Joshua, after leading the Israelites, only asked for a city in the hill country. How does this contrast with leaders today?

16. How might the tribe of Dan's experience with losing territory and having to fight for new land be applied to discussions about refugees and land rights today?

17. Why do you think the text pays such careful attention to the borders and specific cities within each tribe's inheritance? What does this suggest about the value of land and place in their culture, and how might it inform our own valuation of land today?

18. Can the cooperation of the Israelites in dividing the land tell us anything about the resolution of conflicts in contemporary society?

19. Why is it important to have a place to call our own, as reflected in the tribes receiving their inheritances?

20. How does Joshua rebuilding and settling in the city of Timnath-serah reflect our own personal growth and rebuilding in life?

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