Joshua 18:11-20 (NIV) 11 The lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph: 12 On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the desert of Beth Aven. 13 From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz (that is, Bethel) and went down to Ataroth Addar on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon. 14 From the hill facing Beth Horon on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side. 15 The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 16 The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim. It continued down the Hinnom Valley along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel. 17 It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth, which faces the Pass of Adummim, and ran down to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18 It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabah and on down into the Arabah. 19 It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah and came out at the northern bay of the Salt Sea, at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary. 20 The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side. These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides.
On verses 11-20: According to scholars, the tribes of Judah and Joseph were rivals, even though they were all part of the nation of Israel. Interestingly, the lot is cast and Benjamin ends up getting the land right “between the tribes of Judah and Joseph” (v11). In this way the tribe of Benjamin acted as a buffer between the two rivaling tribes, Judah and Joseph.
It reminds me of the role that Jesus plays in our lives. When we were enemies of God because of our sin, Jesus stepped in the middle and acted as the buffer between us and God. His blood shed on the cross exhausted God’s wrath against us, paying the penalty for our sin. Now, even more than a buffer, Jesus is that bridge between us and God. Thank You Jesus that, just as Benjamin stood in the middle of Judah and Joseph, you stood in the middle between us and Holy God. Thank You for being the bridge between us and God, between heaven and earth. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!