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The Property of Zebulun and Issachar

Joshua 19:10-23 :

The third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families. The border of their inheritance was to Sarid. Their border went up westward, even to Maralah, and reached to Dabbesheth. It reached to the brook that is before Jokneam. It turned from Sarid eastward toward the sunrise to the border of Chisloth Tabor. It went out to Daberath, and went up to Japhia. From there it passed along eastward to Gath Hepher, to Ethkazin; and it went out at Rimmon which stretches to Neah. The border turned around it on the north to Hannathon; and it ended at the valley of Iphtah El; Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

The fourth lot came out for Issachar, even for the children of Issachar according to their families. Their border was to Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem, Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, Remeth, Engannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez. The border reached to Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh. Their border ended at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities with their villages.

It's good for us to remember how important these pieces of land are. Many of the laws of Moses are tied to these pieces of land. Remember, these lands were to stay in the family forever. The land could be leased to members of the other families but it would have to return to these families on the appropriate year. God designed land ownership in Israel to be much more permanent than we think of land in many countries today.

It's also interesting what is not here. God didn't charge the families for the land, other than the tithes and offerings that they were to bring to God's place. These offerings were based on what they produced. They were not based on the size of the property. This is quite different than how property taxes are determined in my state. The government of the land was the family and their power came from The Law of Moses. That's a republic under God. It is interesting how important ownership of land is to this model of government isn't it? It's no wonder that when ownership of land is taken away from the people, things don't work very well. God knows how things work best and one day, there will be heaven on earth when Jesus is in charge and brings things back into order. For now, we would do well to not burden ourselves with excessive taxation. If we have the ability to stop over taxation or improve our government in some way by voting or becoming a leader ourselves, we should do it.

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