Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 16

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Ayin—eye; spiritual insight

Y’hoshua 16:1-4 Then the lot for the sons of Yosef (Joseph) went from the Yarden (Jordan) at Yericho (Jericho) to the spring of Yericho (Jericho) on the east into the wilderness, going up from Yericho (Jericho) through the hill country to Beit-El (Bethel). And it went from Beit-El (Bethel) to Luz, and continued to the border of the Arki (Archites) to Atarot. And it went down westward to the territory of the Yafleti (Japhletites), as far as the territory of lower Beit-Horon even to Gezer, and it ended at the sea. And the sons of Yosef (Joseph), M’nasheh (Manasseh) and Efrayim (Ephraim), received their inheritance.

Yosef’s territory was double in side of the other tribes because he was given a double portion of the family inheritance.

Y’hoshua 16:5-10 Now this was the territory of the sons of Efrayim (Ephraim) according to their families: the border of their inheritance eastward was Atarot-Adar, as far as upper Beit-Horon. Then the border went westward at Mikhm’tat (Michmethath) on the north, and the border turned about eastward to Ta’anat-Shiloh, and continued beyond it to the east of Yanochah (Janoah). And it went down from Yanochah (Janoah) to Atarot and to Na’arah, then reached Yericho (Jericho) and came out at the Yarden (Jordan). From Tapuah the border continued westward to the Vadi (brook) of Kanah, and it ended at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Efrayim (Ephraim) according to their families, together with the cities which were set apart for the sons of Efrayim (Ephraim) in the midst of the inheritance of the sons of M’nasheh (Manasseh), all the cities with their villages. But they did not drive out the Kena’ani (Canaanites) who lived in Gezer, so the Kena’ani (Canaanites) live in the midst of Efrayim (Ephraim) to this day, and they became forced laborers.

Forced laborers - slaves

According to G-d the Canaanites should have been driven out or beaten in battle. They, however, lived among the Hebrews and worked for them. HaShem in His mercy allowed them to live and dwell together. This is a picture of redemption. According to the law we all have sinned and fallen short and we deserve death. HaShem’s standard is perfection. HaShem, however, showed mercy to all through the animal sacrifice. This pointed us to the fact we all fall short of the glory of G-d. We all fall short and need a savior. All these facts point us to Yeshua. We must follow Him and believe He came to die and rise again. He leads us to the way to the Promised Land above. The Canaanites were blessed because Israel was blessed by following Y’hoshua. On a higher level we know today that salvation through Yeshua HaMashiach is for the Hebrew first and then the Gentile.

Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Yeshua HaMashiach. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Avraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

We all can be blessed by what the sacrificial system was meant to point to because of the Father’s mercy to all mankind. It is available to all not only the free but also the slave, the male or female.

Romans 9:14-16 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with G-d, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moshe, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on G-d who has mercy.