We wrap up Ezekiel today and as we do, God outlines the new inheritance that will be received by the Israelites. Or shall we say a renewed inheritance. God promised to bring his people back to the land he had promised their ancestors, but when he does, there will be some significant changes, namely in the division of the land.
Under the old division of the land under Joshua, the land was not equally divided. It was divided on the basis of population (Numbers 26:52-54). Issachar and Zebulun, therefore, received very small inheritances, while Manasseh and Judah had large ones. But under the new division of the land, each inheritance will be equal (Ezekiel 47:14).
Further, while God had allowed the tribes of Dan, Manasseh, and Gad to live across the Jordan away from the land God had promised them, under the new division, all the tribes will dwell in the land that God promised.
Finally, God told the people that any foreigners who had settled among them will also be allotted an inheritance among them.
I think we learn several things from this. First, in God’s kingdom, we all receive an equal inheritance that is not dependent on who we are or what we’ve done, but an inheritance of salvation that is based solely on his grace. And it is an inheritance that is open to all whether Jew or Gentile.
As Paul wrote,
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. (Colossians 3:11)
Second, it’s an inheritance that does not include what’s second best. The tribes of Dan, Manasseh, and Gad had accepted what was second best as their inheritance, but God doesn’t desire what’s second best for us. He desires what is best.
Third, more than anything else, it is God who is our inheritance. In the new division of the land, God’s portion was right in the middle of everyone else’s. And God said that the new Jerusalem would be named “Yahweh-Shammah,” meaning “The Lord is there.”
The greatest thing about being a Christian is that God himself is with us, and inside of us. As David wrote,
Lord, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. (Psalm 16:5 — NLT)
Lord, I thank you that you’re my inheritance. That by your grace, you have given me the gift of salvation. Not only that, you have come to dwell within me and are always with me. I thank you that you desire to give me what is best, not second best. Lord, walk with me every day. Be my God. In Jesus name, amen.