Principles of Inheritance


As we study the principles of inheritance, we need to realize that God has desired that everyone have some type of inheritance. The principles of inheritance were mirrored first in the life of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was to them inheritance was promised.

Abraham trusted God all of his life and yet, in his lifetime, inherited nothing but a graveyard.

God began to speak to me about principles of inheritance. Although I knew there must be some that govern inheriting, I had not had God delineate them for me. He spoke to me that I needed to study the subject throughout the Word. What we will consider together is the result of the Holy Spirit leading me through the study.

1.    Notice that God gave promise to Abraham concerning inheritance.
    a.    Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
        i.    Abraham did not know what land he had been called to inherit, until he stood on it and God said, this is that.
        ii.    God’s relationship with Abraham started with a promise.
    b.    Genesis 15:8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
        i.    Abraham required some type of sign or proof from God. If the father of faith required proof, then it is not wrong for us to ask God for proof.
            (1)    God did not reprove Abraham for asking for proof.
    c.    Genesis 28:4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. 
        i.    There will possibly be a time of being a stranger in our inheritance even though we are in the place God has destined for us to inherit. We will feel like a stranger, be treated like a stranger, and have opposition to all that God has said is ours.



    d.    Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
        i.    In order for it to be extremely clear, Consider!!
            (1)    For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world was.......to his seed......through the righteousness of faith.

2.    There is an inheritance for everyone.
    a.    Numbers 26:54 To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.  
        i.    Our inheritance is given to us, according to the number in our household.
            (1)    This allows a certain validity to the size of the church dictates the size of the inheritance. The only problem with this is that many work on increasing the size of the congregation and forget to go on and possess the inheritance.
            (2)    Although the inheritance is tied to the size of the church, our focus should never be size, but, inheriting.

3.    Only by helping others obtain there inheritance will I be able to fully possess and live in my own.
    a.    Numbers 32:18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.
    b.    Numbers 32:32 We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Jordan may be ours.

4.    Women have the right to inherit.
    a.    Numbers 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
    b.    Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

    c.    Joshua 17:6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.

5.    Inheritance Must be possessed.!!!
    a.    Numbers 27:8-11  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. 9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. 10 And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren. 11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

6.    Another tribe, is not to have the inheritance belonging to his brother.
    a.    Numbers 36:7,9   So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe: for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers......      9 Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.

7.    God has ordained that there be leadership whose responsibility it is to cause Israel(the Israel of God; Gal. 6:16) to inherit that which God has promised them.
    a.    Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
    b.    Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.
    c.    Deuteronomy 31:7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
    d.    Joshua 11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war. 

8.    Inheriting is by a process of warring and God giving victory.
    a.    Deuteronomy 2:31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

9.    God has called us to be a PEOPLE OF INHERITANCE !
    a.    Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
        i.    God takes us
        ii.    He brings us out
        iii.    The place he brings us from is an iron furnace,
        iv.    That is a our Egyptian experience.
        v.    Whatever we are to be is it unto Him.
        vi.    Moses calls them a people of inheritance, even though they are not yet in full possession of that which the are called to inherit.

10.    The land was to be given to them for an inheritance, as it is to us.
    a.    Deuteronomy 4:38 To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
        i.    God drives out the nations before us.
            (1)    They are greater than we are.
            (2)    They are mightier than we are.
        ii.    He drives out the nations before us through hand to hand combat with us.
            (1)    He drives them out using us as His instrument to do so.
        iii.    By us driving them out, He brings us into the land.
        iv.    By driving them off their land, He gives it to us.
        v.    In this way we inherit our inheritance.

11.    The blessings of God affect everyone in the whole of the land.
    a.    Deuteronomy 15:4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: 
        i.    THERE SHALL BE NO POOR AMONG YOU
        ii.    There will be abundant blessing as we enter into that land.

12.    True justice, when followed, ensures inheritance of the land, or promise of God.
    a.    Deuteronomy 16:20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 

13.    God sets the bounds of all the nations, by what He has apportioned to Israel. In other words, God, in eternity past, first apportioned the land of Israel, then all the other nations were given inheritance in the light of Israel’s inheritance.
    a.    Deuteronomy 32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

14.    God’s heart is that after the inheritance is given out by the leadership, there is rest from war.
    a.     Joshua 11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.

15.    There needed to be a mapping of the inheritance.
    a.    Joshua 18:4 Give out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send them, and they shall rise, and go through the land, and describe it according to the inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me.
        i.    Three one of the numbers of witness.
        ii.    Describe or map out the inheritance.
        iii.    Bring the map back to the leadership. (Strategic planning)

16.    There are some that will have no visible inheritance. They may dwell among all those that have inheritance, but have none of their own. This is because the Lord Himself is their inheritance. They serve the rest of Israel. An inheritance of service.
    a.    Joshua 18:7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance: and Gad, and Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh, have received their inheritance beyond Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them.

17.    Simeon’s inheritance is within Judah. This fulfilled the prophecy of Jacob, that Simeon would have no inheritance of his own.
    a.    Joshua 19:1And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families: and their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Judah......9 Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.
    b.    Genesis 49:5-7  Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.  6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.  7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

18.    The leader receives his inheritance after his work is done. He cannot inherit until all the rest have inherited.
    a.    Joshua 19:49,51  When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them: .....  51 These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country.

19.    When the judgment of God is visited upon a group or tribe, it is never the purpose of God to entirely eliminate that tribe’s place vision or inheritance.
    a.    Judges 21:17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.

20.    The Book of Ruth teaches an awesome principle concerning inheritance.
    a.    Ruth 4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. ..... 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
        i.    It is never God’s heart for inheritance to be lost.
        ii.    It is God’s purpose to pass the inheritance down through the family line.

21.    Part of that which God wants us to inherit is the throne of His glory.
    a.    1 Samuel 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
        i.    Remember the message on how God’s glory is revealed.
            (1)    John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

22.    There are times when God anoints captains over His inheritance.
    a.    1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

23.    Those who have the source of their action in Belial will try to claim that they have not inheritance with the one, in a given place, that God has anointed to be captain over His inheritance.
    a.    2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

24.    Our inheritance is to be valued by us, and not to be given away.
    a.    1 Kings 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
        i.    Naboth valued his inheritance.
        ii.    He refused to give away his inheritance.
        iii.    Ahab coveted someone else's inheritance. This is often done in the Body of Christ, we covet what someone else manifests of their inheritance.
            (1)    In doing this, we despise our own inheritance.
            (2)    Like Esau, we would be willing to give away, that which God has chosen to be ours.
    b.    Ezekiel 46:17 But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons’ for them.
        i.    The servant had use of the gift until the year of liberty, but then it reverted to the inheritance of the son.
            (1)    There is an aspect of this that could be used to explain delegated authority. It does not stay on the delegate forever, just until the work or reason for the delegation is done.


25.    Walking in obedience to the Lord’s commands, preserves your inheritance for your children, either natural or spiritual.
    a.    1 Chronicles 28:8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.

26.    We can ask for certain types of inheritance. In sense this can be over and above that which we have been given as our base from which we work.
    a.    Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

27.    There is a sense in which the Lord Himself is our inheritance.
    a.    Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 

28.    Here I want to deal with QUALITIES THAT INHERIT.
    a.    The attitude that says, Lord, you choose.
        i.    Psalm 47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
    b.    The attitude of patience, or those with the ability to wait.
        i.    Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
        ii.    Psalm 37:  34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
    c.    The righteous or upright inherit.
        i.    Psalm 37:  18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
        ii.    Psalm 37:  29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
    d.    The meek shall inherit
        i.    Psalm 37:  11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
        ii.    Matthew 5: 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
    e.    Those with a servant’s attitude will inherit.
        i.    Psalm 69:  36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
    f.    The wise shall inherit.
        i.    Proverbs 3:  35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 
    g.    Those that love wisdom and Him inherit.
        i.    Proverbs 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
        ii.    Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
            (1)    one of the marginal renderings is Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea, better too.
    h.    Vehicles that bring us to our inheriting of the promises are;
        i.    Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
            (1)    Diligence -    indicated by the phrase, be not slothful which scripturally relates to laziness.
            (2)    Faith or faithfulness
            (3)    Patience
    i.    Those who learn to trust the Lord will possess the inheritance and His holy mountain.
        i.    Isaiah 57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;

29.    Those who truly inherit also inherit the labour of other people.
    a.    Psalm 105:44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

30.    Those who infringe on God’s inheritance will be punished.
    a.    Jeremiah 12:14 Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbors, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

31.    Our inheritance is obtained for us in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    a.    Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
    b.    Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
        i.    The inheritance is in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. In order to understand this aspect in greater depth there would need to be an in-depth study of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven.

32.    There is a richness in our inheritance and some of that is in the rest of the Body of Christ.
    a.    Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

33.    The inheritance of the saints is in light.
    a.    Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

34.    We have been called to inherit blessing.
    a.    1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

35.    The level of inheritance depends on the willingness to overcome or be brought by God to the ability to overcome.
    a.    Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.