Good evening y’all. Happy Tuesday 🙂
Today we are studying Numbers 32. Be blessed 🙂
The children of Gad and Reuben were content to stay where they were instead of going to the promised land. The pleasures of now seemed more enticing to them than going into promised land.
“The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, the country which the Lord defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.” (v 2-5 NKJV)
Moses was taken aback by their response and he feared they will make the others decide not to go ahead and possess the promised land. He also rebuked them for exhibiting a similar behaviour to that of their fore fathers, which caused God to lash out on them.
“And Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: “Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here? Now why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord has given them? Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea to see the land”.( v6-8 NKJV)
“And look! You have risen in your fathers’ place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of the Lord against Israel. For if you turn away from following Him, He will once again leave them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people.”(v14-15 NKJV)
David Guzik commentary on the bible had this to say about the attitude of the children of Gad and Reuben and Moses’ response to them :-
– Why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord has given them? Moses feared that the attitude of the tribes of Reuben and Gad would keep the other tribes from going into the Promised Land. Their attitude said, Weve fought enough and suffered enough already. Lets just settle down where were at. Moses fear had a foundation. If you want to press on with the things of the Lord and go deeper and further with Him, there is a sure way to discourage that desire – start hanging around believers who are content with where they are, and who dont want to press on with the Lord. Complacency is contagious.
– Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here? Moses wanted them to know that there was a battle to fight and that they were all in it together. Just because these tribes were content with where they were at did not relieve them of the responsibility to keep the battle going.
– They discouraged the heart of the children of Israel: Moses reminded the leaders of the tribe of Reuben and Gad why Israel failed to enter the Promised Land some 38 years before. It is a terrible thing to be used of the devil to discourage other believers to walking deeper and further with the Lord. We should ask God to guard us from ever discouraging the heart of another child of God.
– If you turn away from following Him, He will once again leave them in the wilderness: Perhaps this generation figured they had a free ticket to the Promised Land, no matter what, because the dues had already been paid by the generation of unbelief. No way! They can perish just like the previous generation if they walk in the same unbelief!
– You will destroy all these people: It was as if Moses said, Your discouragement of the nation would mean that you have destroyed them, just as the ten unfaithful spies destroyed the previous generation. Moses perhaps felt that the tribes of Reuben or Gad made a bad choice for themselves; that is, they hurt themselves by settling on the lands east of the Jordan River. But Moses did not confront them with that issue. If a child of God is content to settle for less in their Christian life, there is little or nothing one can do. But when their complacency begins to affect their brothers and sisters, it must be confronted. This was the basis of Moses confrontation.
Lets check oursleves: are we content with staying in medicority even though it looks or are we ready to go for the best that God has for us? Complacency is contagious!. Lets also make sure we are not the ones discouraging others from doing what God has called them to do.
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Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***