Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Joshua chapter 17 verses 7 - 9 says this;

The territory of Manasseh extended from Asher to Mikmethath east of Shechem. The boundary ran southward from there to include the people living at En Tappuah.  (Manasseh had the land of Tappuah, but Tappuah itself, on the boundary of Manasseh, belonged to the Ephraimites.) 

Then the boundary continued south to the Kanah Ravine. There were towns belonging to Ephraim lying among the towns of Manasseh, but the boundary of Manasseh was the northern side of the ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea.

Joseph was sold by his brothers to slave traders who took him to Egypt and sold him to Potifar, the captain of Pharaoh's personal security team.

Joseph was falsely accused of trying to assault Potifar's wife. Joseph was put in prison. While there,  he interpreted a dream for a prisoner who was Pharaoh's wine-pourer. 

When the interpretation proved accurate and the wine-pourer went back to his job, Joseph asked him to mention him to Pharaoh so he could get out of prison.

After two years, Pharaoh himself had a dream and he called all the wise men to interprete it. The wise men of Egypt could not interprete it but the wine-pourer remembered Joseph in prison and told Pharaoh about him. Joseph interpreted the dream to be a warning about an upcoming season of plenty followed by a season of famine.

Because of his insight, Pharaoh appointed Joseph to be the Prime Minister of Egypt and Joseph guided the country through the seasons of plenty and drought. Egypt became very strong because of the accurate interpretation of Pharaoh's dream.

Soon, Joseph reconciled with his brothers who had sold him as a slave and they, along with their father Jacob, came to Egypt to live because their own homeland was ravaged by drought.

They thrived in Egypt and their numbers grew with each of the brothers having many descendants. 

The Egyptians became concerned about the growing influence of the sons of Jacob in Egypt and they enslaved them and used them for their building projects.

Under the heavy yoke of Egyptian oppression for four centuries, the descendants of Jacob cried out to the God of their fathers  and He heard them and prepared Moses and sent him to Egypt to save his people but the Egyptians were not willing to set the slaves free.

The Lord demonstrated His power to the people of Egypt by striking them with plagues of various kinds and after ten severe plagues, they relented and released the children of Jacob and the Lord led them on a long journey back to the land that was promised to their ancestors.

When they arrived at the promised land, the territory was divided among the twelve tribes of the sons of Jacob.

Among those tribes, was of course, the tribe of Joseph. Joseph, who had been given a wife by Pharaoh, had two sons with her: Mannaseh and Ephraim.

An allocation of land was given to the descendants of Joseph and that portion was divided into two areas. One was for Ephraim and the other was for the descendants of Mannaseh.

The passage here is a description of a section of the border that encircled the area of land allotted to the descendants of Mannaseh, the son of Joseph, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.


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