Though there is a promised inheritance, in order to actually possess it and be blessed by it, there may be a time when contention and battle is required.
Joshua 19:47 (NIV)
47 (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them, they went up and attacked Leshem , took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their ancestor.)
Though there is a promised inheritance, in order to actually possess it and be blessed by it, there may be a time when contention and battle is required. Before the settling in can occur there may be a fight for what it already rightfully yours. The greater the value, the greater the potential for threat of loss. Occupation of the possession is on the other side of an altercation to determine who the occupant will actually be.
As the allotments were made to each of the tribes, the Danites were right there among them, receiving the territory that was rightfully theirs according to the promise of God. This one verse doesn’t provide detail, but in some form or fashion an enemy had come in to deprive them of their inheritance. The verse could have just read, “The territory of the Danites was lost to them”. However, there were those, unnamed, who chose to not just concede ownership to their enemy. They:
Instead of entering into meaningless mourning and depression, they mobilized with a vision of acquiring what was theirs.
They were not afraid of confrontation, but had the boldness and confidence to be the aggressor.
Their adversary was holding on to the very thing that was promised to them. They took hold of it to possess it.
“Put it to the sword”
The things that would remain as reminders of the former occupant were cut away, making room for untainted habitation.
Once victory secured their inheritance for them, they filled their allotted territory with new dreams, plans, and action that would make it uniquely theirs as an incredible fulfilled promise from their God.
In Christ all the promises have an “Amen” (so be it) for us, making them an allotted inheritance for us. Where there may seem to be a loss of territory, there is a Danite strategy for repossession that has great promise of restoration. Everything that has been stolen may be occupied once again by the one that will just mobilize, confront, lay hold of, cut away (purify), and move in to the promise of the Father as a rightful inheritance.