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“It’s not my fault!” These are words we hear a good bit; in fact, it seems like we have been hearing them for quite a long time. In some cases, no doubt, this could very well be true; in many cases it is not. On one particular occasion, Joshua 17, the tribe of Manasseh certainly expressed these words. Joshua, however, was not going to hear the excuse. Here is the story: the tribes of Israel had been given the land of promise by the Lord. The Lord required of them to eradicate the evil peoples of the land in order for them to enjoy what the Lord gave. A continuing problem for the Israelites was their refusal to do as the Lord said. Refusal is the right word in this context; yes, it is true, they accomplished much in the way of clearing. The problem was “accomplishing much” still left some remaining, and the people refused to continue on in the Lord’s command of removal. The people of the land were not going to allow themselves to be evicted, so if the Lord’s people wanted the land, it had to be taken. Manasseh found excuses as to why they could not “drive out” the peoples of the land. The people of the land were many, had chariots of iron, and the timber on mountains were in the way. As mentioned, Joshua did not accept this. Herein is a lesson for us: when the inhabitants of the land refuse to give up territory the Lord gave his chosen people, then let the chosen ones have more determination than those refusing to leave.