Reading through the Bible together
Joshua was a man of God, a strong military leader, and a wise governor of the people. For all that, he was a humble man, willing to claim his allotment of land after everyone else. He might have claimed first place and chosen his land before anyone else, and no one would have objected. But he was a servant leader, and set a worthy example for all others.
As we have seen in the previous chapter, dividing the land was done by Joshua and Eleazar, the high priest “at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance of the Sanctuary, the Ten of Meeting, which had been set up at Shiloh. This shows that the original and rightful Owner of the land was the Lord Himself.
If we traced the deeds of the land we personally own back to the original owners, and past them, we would come to God. We are not the real owners: we are tenants, and the Lord will ask us how we have used His property and for what purpose.
Retired Professor and Missionary