Saturday, January 9, 2021
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23 KJV).
Doubtless, we never want to sensationalize or exaggerate. However, the fact remains, some dark days are ahead for the United States and the rest of the world. What can we Bible-believing Christians do?
In the context of today’s Scripture, the nation Israel is on the eastern side of the Jordan River. Moses reviews their history for the sake of the new generations born during the previous 40 years of wilderness wanderings. As they migrate northward, approaching the land of Canaan from the east, a few of Israel’s 12 tribes want to settle here on Jordan’s eastern banks. These lands are fertile places for their cattle to graze. Consequently, the tribes of Reuben and Gad ask Moses if they can live here instead of crossing the Jordan and settling with the remainder of the nation west of Jordan.
Continue reading in Numbers chapter 32: “ Even the country which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle:  Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.  And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?  And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?”
Moses fears that, by letting Gad and Reuben colonize east of the Jordan, the remaining 10 tribes will grow too scared to fight and take their own land on Jordan’s western banks. He reminds the two tribes, in verses 8-15, that the 10 spies’ falsehoods had discouraged Israel from settling the land some four decades earlier (see Numbers 13:26-33 and Numbers 14:1-45). Therefore, Gad and Reuben promise to assist their brethren in war when they prepare to settle west of the Jordan (Numbers 32:16-20). Moses warns them to keep their word, lest their sin “find [them] out….”
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