Joshua 15:63 says, “As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.”
Israel could not drive out all the Jebusites out of Jerusalem at this time, but David would destroy them and make it his capital. It appears that David had his sights on the city for a long time. After he killed Goliath, the bible says he brought his head to Jerusalem. I guess he wanted to notify them of their future. It says in 1 Samuel 17:54, “David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem…”
Read Joshua 17:14-18 one more time,
“Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" 15) So Joshua answered them, "If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you." 16) But the children of Joseph said, "The mountain country is not enough for us; and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both those who are of Beth Shean and its towns and those who are of the Valley of Jezreel." 17) And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—saying, "You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have only one lot, 18) but the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong."”
The Bible speaks of “little faith,” “faith,” and “great faith.” Here the children of Joseph are showing little faith. They had faith to begin to take the land God had for them, but when circumstances looked a little bleaker they fell into doubt. “Little faith” is what Jesus said Peter had when he walked on the water, but began to sink after looking at the wind and waves. How often to Christians begin in faith but slip into doubt after circumstances began to look a little worse. Let your faith in God’s provision and grace for you rise to the occasion. Don’t be small in your thinking. Is the greatest problem or circumstance anyone has ever had too great for God to solve?
Joshua 18:1 says "Now the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of meeting there. And the land was subdued before them."
Note: They set the Tabernacle up in Shiloh until David took Jerusalem.
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2012 Bible Plan