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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Complainer Or A Conqueror

In the last part of Joshua when the land is being divided among the tribes of Israel there is an interesting contrasts that comes into view.  Two tribes that have a similar issue but a different response.

Joshua 17:14,15 - And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?  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.


Joshua 19:47 - And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.


Joseph said I am a great people, Dan saw that there coast was too little for them.
Joseph asked why, Dan went up to fight.
Those whose focus is on themselves ask why.  Those whose focus is on the task at hand go out and fight.
 
Joshua questioned the greatness of Joseph, Dan went out and gave evidence of their greatness.
 
Who are we like?  Do we, like Joseph, complain about our lot just knowing we deserve more because we are a great people.  Or, do we like Dan, take the initiative, fight the battle and gain the victory.
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