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Inheriting to Fulfill (Part 3)

December 15, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Topic: Inheriting to Fulfill (Part 3)

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • Who was the loved wife of Jacob? Who should have received the double portion of inheritance?  How did Reuben fail?  Do you struggle to wait on the Lord when life seems like a period of pointless wandering?  How can you keep the faith during such times? (POINT I)
  • Though Joseph’s inheritance was divided between his two sons, what was Manasseh’s complaint? How did Joshua respond? Do you find it hard to make the decision not to enable entitled attitudes? Do you approach God and the Church with a spirit of entitlement? (POINT II)
  • How did the Five women model faith in God? Read Titus 2. What pieces of your life has God either put <or> not put back together? Do you trust and continue to say YES! to Jesus amidst the sorrow or uncertainty? (POINT III)

Message outline

Title: Inheriting to Fulfill (Part 3)

Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Text: Joshua 16:1-17:18

Main Idea: God provides all we need to fulfill our anointing!


  1. A Double Portion (Joshua 16:1-4)
  • Joseph receives his portion divided among Ephraim and Manasseh (Vv.1-4)
  • Double Portion Promised by Law (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)
    • Leah / Unloved -Reuben (first born), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
      • Ziplah / Servant- Gad and Asher
    • Rachel / Loved – Joseph and Benjamin
      • Bilhah / Servant- Dan and Naphtali
    • Double Portion Denied to Reuben
      • Jacob refuses to give firs born blessing to Reuben (Genesis 49:3-4) due to his behavior against him.
        • The family is traveling; Rachel dies while giving birth to Benjamin (Genesis 35:16-21)
          • Rachel’s Tears (Jeremiah 31:7-17 / Matthew 2:16-18)
        • Reuben assumes his inheritance at the expense of his birthright. (Genesis 35:22)
      • Double Portion Given to Joseph (Ephraim) / Genesis 49:22-26


  1. Ephraim and Manasseh Inherit (Joshua 16:5-17:18)
  • Ephraim receives his portion which would include towns within the region given to Manasseh (16:9)
    • Ephraim would fail to drive out Canaanites (16:10)
    • Manasseh failed in the same fashion (17:12-13)
  • Manasseh’s Entitlement Paradox
    • Joseph: We did not get enough! (v.14)
    • Joshua: Yes, you did. You have got to work for it (v.15)
    • Joseph: It’s too hard! (v.16)
    • Joshua: Be creative; figure it out. (Vv.17-18)


III. The Five Daughters of Zelophehad (Joshua 17:3-6)

  • The five approach Joshua to receive their promised portion of inheritance (Vv.3-6)
    • Father had died; daughters fight to both keep alive and redeem his name among Israel.Numbers 27:1-11

When the pieces are or are not coming back together, choose Jesus! -> See Titus 2:1-15

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