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March 11, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Joshua 1-4
Audio: Joshua 1-4

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Joshua 16 (ESV)

The allotment of the people of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel. Then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to Ataroth, the territory of the Archites. Then it goes down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, as far as the territory of Lower Beth-horon, then to Gezer, and it ends at the sea.

The people of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance.

The territory of the people of Ephraim by their clans was as follows: the boundary of their inheritance on the east was Ataroth-addar as far as Upper Beth-horon, and the boundary goes from there to the sea. On the north is Michmethath. Then on the east the boundary turns around toward Taanath-shiloh and passes along beyond it on the east to Janoah,then it goes down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, and touches Jericho, ending at the Jordan. From Tappuah the boundary goes westward to the brook Kanah and ends at the sea. Such is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Ephraim by their clans, together with the towns that were set apart for the people of Ephraim within the inheritance of the Manassites, all those towns with their villages. 10 However, they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.

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  1. Forced Labor

    We live in a society which rewards laziness. Our government has made it easy for people to not work by allowing people with nearly any ailment to receive disability. Even able-bodied people who struggle with depression can avoid work and live off of the taxpayers of this country. Sadly, this can keep people enslaved and in bondage to their "condition" instead of overcoming this obstacle through hard work, productivity and even relationship with other employees which can bring great relief mentally, emotionally and physically. 

    The Bible clearly speaks against a lifestyle of laziness, slothfulness and not working.

    In Joshua 16:10 we read the people of Israel "did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor."

    What is interesting about "forced labor" is from Proverbs 12:24 which says, :"The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor."

    In this regard, lazy, slothful people are forced to work!

    More verses which denounce idleness, slothfulness and laziness are:

    Proverbs 20:4 "The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing."

    Proverbs 21:25 "The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor."

    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 says, "For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living."

    It's clearly a sin for an able-bodied person to not work – so much so that 1 Timothy 5:8 says, "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

    That should put things into perspective for those who refuse to work or make excuses to be lazy and slothful.

    As for the Canaanites being made to do forced labor? This is actually a grace because Israel neglected to devote them to destruction as they were commanded (Deuteronomy 20:10-16).

    I believe people who are not severely disabled (not able to communicate or function physically) should be forced to work. Any governing body (or family) who financially supports those who are able-bodied people so they don't have to work are participating in their sin of not working. They are enabling that sin and keeping people enslaved to the handouts they receive.


    After posting this, I just saw the following headline:

    “Trump releases budget seeking billions for border wall, work requirements for welfare programs.”

    Even though he will get flack for this, President Clinton also did this in the 90s when welfare reform was passed with bipartisan support. It’s not a punishment to those who need help but a blessing!

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