About Jesus Steve Sweetman
verses 1 through 5 we see that the tribal leaders of Gad and Reuben did
not want to cross the
verse 6 we see how Moses responds to their request.
He asks them "shall your countrymen go to war while you stay
here?" Moses understood
that war would break out once
verse 7 Moses says that if God and Reuben stay on the east side of the
Jordan River, that will discourage the rest of Israel
not to fight the needed battles to get into the promised land.
That's true. When
some people stay back and rest, others will soon follow.
We tend to fall to the lowest common denominator.
I've always said concerning the church, that it is as strong as
its weakest member. That is
the way it is with many aspects of life.
verses 8 through 13 Moses reminds the leaders of Gad and Reuben that
they were acting just like their rebellious fathers, who God would not
allow into the promised land because of their unwillingness to fight the
battles to enter. Moses
reminds these men how angry God was with their fathers.
God does get angry when we fail to do His will.
we see that God's promises don't necessarily fall into our laps.
We have to fight for them.
verse 14 Moses calls these men "a brood of sinners".
What was their sin? They
were comfortable with where they were at.
They thought of their own self preservation and prosperity over
the people of God. Moses viewed such selfishness as sin, and he was
right to do so.
also said that God would be "more angry" with these men than
He was with their fathers. So
here we note that God's anger is expressed in degrees.
He can be more angry or less angry, depending on the situation.
15 is very interesting. Moses
says that if these two tribes stay on the east side of the Jordan River,
they are in rebellion against God, and their actions will cause God to
forsake all of
verses 16 to 19 the leaders of Gad and Reuben come up with a compromise.
They will fight alongside the rest of
verses 20 to 23, Moses agrees with this plan.
The stipulation was that the men of Gad and Reuben must "arm
themselves before the Lord".
That is an interesting way to put it.
It reminds me of what Paul taught in Ephesians 6 concerning
Christians arming themselves with the spiritual weapons of war.
verse 23 Moses warns the leaders of Gad and Reuben that if they fail in
their promise, their sin will find them out.
Even more than failing to keep their promise, they will fail to
obey the Lord, and that's the main issue here.
verses 24 to 27 the leaders of Gad and Reuben confirm they will do as
Moses commands them.
verses 28 to 34 Moses heads a gathering of all the leaders of Israel
so everyone knows the plan concerning Gad and Reuben.
in verse 32 the phrase, "we will cross over before the Lord".
will not comment on the rest of this chapter.
It states that division of land for the Reubenites, the Gadites,
and half the tribe of Manasseh.
is all that I will comment on in the book of Numbers.
I have not commented on each verse or each chapter.
I have only commented on the history portions of the book of