Joshua 19:10-16 (NIV) 10 The third lot came up for Zebulun, clan by clan: The boundary of their inheritance went as far as Sarid. 11 Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam. 12 It turned east from Sarid toward the sunrise to the territory of Kisloth Tabor and went on to Daberath and up to Japhia. 13 Then it continued eastward to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin; it came out at Rimmon and turned toward Neah. 14 There the boundary went around on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El. 15 Included were Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah and Bethlehem. There were twelve towns and their villages. 16 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of Zebulun, clan by clan.
On verses 10-16: These verses describe the land allotment given to the tribe of Zebulun.
Nearing his death, Jacob spoke these prophetic words over his son Zebulun in Genesis 49:13: “Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.” We see the fulfillment of Jacob’s prophetic words here, as the land given to Zebulun extends to the Mediterranean Sea on the west and the Sea of Galilee on the east. Though not a large land, this region would later on be graced by the presence of the Lord Jesus, who would spend significant time around the Sea of Galilee (see Isaiah 9:1).
What can we learn from this? The fact that the land of Zebulun was flanked by two large seas reminds me of this truth: when you meditate on God’s Word and you trust in the Lord, you will be like a thriving tree planted by the water. Psalm 1:3 describes the person who meditates on God’s Word like this: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Similarly, Jeremiah 17:8 describes the person who trusts in the Lord like this: “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Like the land of Zebulun flanked by two seas, may you plant yourself by two waters: the cleansing water of God’s Word on one side (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26) and the living waters of God’s Holy Spirit on the other (John 7:37-39).
Joshua 19:17-23 (NIV) 17 The fourth lot came out for Issachar, clan by clan. 18 Their territory included: Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 22 The boundary touched Tabor, Shahazumah and Beth Shemesh, and ended at the Jordan. There were sixteen towns and their villages. 23 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar, clan by clan.
On verses 17-23: These verses describe the land allotment given to the tribe of Issachar.
Heavenly Father, like the land of Zebulun, thank You that when I meditate on Your Word and I trust in You, I will be like a tree planted by streams of water, never ceasing to bear fruit, prospering in all that I do. I pray that I would plant myself by two waters: the cleansing water of Your Word and the living water of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!