On his deathbed,
Israel said to Joseph,
“Behold, I am dying,
but God will be with you
and bring you back
to the land of your fathers
(to the land of Canaan).
Moreover I have given to you
above your brothers
which I took from the hand
of the Amorite
with my sword and my bow.”
Let’s break this down -
First, Levi did not get land.
Instead, Levi was allotted refuge
in the land of Canaan
that would be conquered
by Jacob’s sons.
Joseph also did not get land.
Instead, his portion was given
to his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Joseph received a double portion,
one portion more than his brothers.
But, what did Jacob mean when he said,
“which I took from the hand of the Amorite?”
I can’t find anywhere in scripture
that references this.
I wonder what Amorite Jacob was referring to?
Was it a single man or an Amorite group?
Perhaps it was an Amorite king?
Is it possible that Jacob fought
against Amorite chiefs and their tribes
when he grew in the land of Canaan?
According to Genesis 10,
the Amorite kingdom came from
the fourth son of Canaan whose name was Emer.
Some information I found says
it’s hard to know the Amorite past
because they have
two different points of reference,
one from Mesopotamian literature
and one from biblical scripture.
What I did find interesting
is that Amorites were known as
who became steeped in folklore.
The folklore says the
sons of Emer brought their flocks down
from the mountains of western Syria
into southern Mesopotamia.
They swept eastward, into the Levant,
and they transformed the social landscape
as they spread.
Apparently, the Amorites were fierce warriors
and often referred to as “horrible barbarians.”
I wonder if they came from Mount Hermon,
the land of the watchers?
In the Book of Deuteronomy,
Moses wrote that Og, the king of the Amorites,
was a very tall man whose bed was 13.5 feet long.
The Amorites were probably descendants
of the Giants, the Nephilim.
Later on, in the scripture,
we also learn that God destroyed them!
At least the ones that Joshua took on.
That was the day the sun stood still.
Joshua 10 references five Amorite kings -
the kings of Jerusalem,
Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon.
They all joined forces and moved their troops
and took up positions against Gibeon.
The Gibeonites sent word to Joshua
in the camp at Gilgal:
“Come. Do not abandon your servants.”
This is when the Lord
assured Joshua He was with him,
and Joshua commanded the sun to stand still.
In the book of Numbers, in Chapter 32,
Joshua was told by God
to give the Amorite territories to Manasseh,
the Joseph's first born son.
God has His timeline,
and we are His vessels.
“All things work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are the called
according to His purpose.
For whom He foreknew,
He also predestined
to be conformed
to the image of His Son,
that He might be
the firstborn among many brethren.”