Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 17

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Peh- mouth

Y’hoshua 17:1 Now this was the lot for the tribe of M’nasheh (Manasseh), for he was the first-born of Yosef. To Makhir (Machir) the first-born of M’nasheh (Manasseh), the father of Gil’ad, was allotted Gil’ad and Bashan, because he was a man of war.

Yeshua will be a man of war like David (type) but also a man of peace like Solomon another type. HaShem would not allow David to build the temple because he was a man of war. This will not be the case for the Messiah Yeshua. When He returns to conquer those that despise Israel, He will also rebuild the temple, the one described in Ezekiel.

Efrayim (Ephraim) was greater even though younger as stated in Gen. 48:19. However both became substantial tribes and therefore the saying may G-d make you like Efrayim (Ephraim) and M’nasheh (Manasseh). The statement “was” a man of war probably means he had already died and the blessings went to his children.

Y’hoshua 17:2-6 So the lot was made for the rest of the sons of M’nasheh (Manasseh) according to their families: for the sons of Avi’ezer (Abiezer) and for the sons of Helek and for the sons of Asri’el and for the sons of Sh’khem (Shechem) and for the sons of Hefer and for the sons of Shemida; these were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Yosef according to their families. However, Tz’lof chad (Zelophehad), the son of Hefer (Hepher), the son of Gil’ad, the son of Makhir (Machir), the son of M’nasheh (Manasseh), had no sons, only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Machlah (Mahlah) and Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirtzah (Tirzah). And they came near before El’azar (Eleazar) the priest and before Y’hoshua (Joshua) the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, "The L-RD commanded Moshe to give us an inheritance among our brothers." So according to the command of the L-RD he gave them an inheritance among their father's brothers. Thus there fell ten portions to M’nasheh (Manasseh), besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Yarden (Jordan), because the daughters of M’nasheh (Manasseh) received an inheritance among his sons. And the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of M’nasheh (Manasseh).

Tz’lof chad (Zelophehad) had no sons but only daughters. The daughters opened their MOUTHS before Y’hoshua asking for their inheritance among the brothers of their fathers. On a higher level of understanding, Yeshua, whom Y’hoshua is a type, will also give all believers their inheritance in the other world, no matter if one is male or female.

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 Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Y’hoshua 17:7-13 And the border of M’nasheh ran from Asher to Mikhm’tat (Michmethath) which was east of Sh’khem (Shechem); then the border went southward to the inhabitants of Ein-Tapuach. The land of Tapuach belonged to M’nasheh (Manasseh), but Tapuach on the border of Manasseh belonged to the sons of Efrayim (Ephraim). And the border went down to the brook of Kanah, southward of the brook (these cities belonged to Efrayim (Ephraim) among the cities of Manasseh), and the border of M’nasheh (Manasseh) was on the north side of the brook, and it ended at the sea. The south side belonged to Efrayim (Ephraim) and the north side to M’nasheh (Manasseh), and the sea was their border; and they reached to Asher on the north and to Yissakhar (Issachar) on the east. And in Yissakhar (Issachar) and in Asher, M’nasheh (Manasseh) had Beit-Sh’an (Beth-shean) and its towns and Yivle’am (Ibleam) and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Ein-Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Ta’anakh and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, the third is Napheth. But the sons of M’nasheh (Manasseh) could not take possession of these cities, because the Kena’ani (Canaanites) persisted in living in that land. And it came about when the sons of Israel became strong, they put the Kena’ani (Canaanites) to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.

Y’hoshua 17:14-18 Then the sons of Yosef spoke to Y’hoshua, saying, "Why have you given me only one lot and one portion for an inheritance, since I am a numerous people whom the L-RD has thus far blessed?" And Y’hoshua said to them, "If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the P’rizi (Perizzites) and of the Refa’im (Rephaim), since the hill country of Efrayim (Ephraim) is too narrow for you." And the sons of Yosef said, "The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have chariots of iron, both those who are in Beit-Sh’an (Beth-shean) and its towns, and those who are in the valley of Jezreel." And Y’hoshua spoke to the house of Yosef, to Efrayim (Ephraim) and Manasseh, saying, "You are a numerous people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only, but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall clear it, and to its farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, even though they have chariots of iron and though they are strong. "

B’resheet (Genesis) 49:22-26 "Yosef is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Ya’akov, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father's G-d, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb. Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the BOUNTY of the age-old HILLS. Let all these rest on the head of Yosef, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

Prince among his brothers – (Nazir) one set apart-separated or consecrated for high duties. A Nazirite was given to G-d and vowed to commit himself to Him. Many times the chosen man for good things receives the worst from others and becomes cast out. Yosef himself was cast out from his brothers and as stated was the type after Yeshua was also shunned and cast out. The blessings of G-d make up for it. In this life and the next. Yosef in the end was rewarded. Yeshua in the end will be rewarded and rule. If you are suffering for serving Yeshua and cast out from your brothers keep your eye on the prize in the end. The troubles in this life are temporary the blessings in the next will be for eternity. His word will stand!