Pastoral Commentary for Joshua 18:1-19:9
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Reuben, Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh all received land east of the Jordan. Judah was the first tribe to receive an allotment west of the Jordan. After that, the other half of the tribe of Manasseh and the other half tribe from Joseph, that is, Ephraim received their allotment. At that point, seven tribes had yet to receive their allotted territory in the Promised Land. Joshua appointed three men from each tribe to make a survey of the land. The survey was to divide the land into seven sections, and then lots would be cast to see which tribe would receive which portion. After the survey was completed, there in the camp at Shiloh, Joshua cast lots for the remaining tribes to receive their inheritance. Benjamin and Simeon were the first two of the tribes to get their portion of the land. Simeon's land lay within the tribe of Judah, while Benjamin was to the south.