Topic: Inalienable Inheritance [Sunday April 2, 2017]
Text: Joshua 17:1-7
Key Verse: And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan; Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead” (Joshua 17:5,).
Sir Joshua Reynolds once said, “Make no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, labour will improve them, if you have poor talents, labour will increase them. Nothing is denied to well-directed labour. Nothing is to be obtained without it”. God’s gift is without discrimination. As every mortal approaches God, He will never say no, most importantly on the issue of salvation.
We should all approach the throne of grace for every spiritual gift, for He says “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). In this passage, we see the distribution of the land among the remaining families of the tribe of Manasseh. Manasseh was the first born of Joseph. There was a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their families. Even Zelophehad who had no sons but only daughters was not left without inheritance. It was unusual for women to receive inheritance. But our God who does not discriminate, had to give directives through Moses to give them an inheritance.
This, Joshua put into action by conceding to the request of Zelophehad’s daughters. Our God is a God of justice. He does not discriminate. As Christians, we also have an eternal inheritance with God. Jesus said “…I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Right in heaven, Jesus has sufficient space and mansions suited for every Christian. The narrowness of Joseph’s boundaries teaches us that there is nothing perfect here on earth. It is only in heaven that we can have our desires wholly met.
Those who desire larger possession should cultivate the habit of making the best use of what they have. The little you have becomes great when God is in it. As you obey God and invest in His Kingdom, He will enlarge your coast.
Thought for the day: The Christian’s unpolluted inheritance is in heaven.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.