Sunday, August 3, 2014

Numbers 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Numbers 32. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Moses has led the Israelites nearly to the Promised Land; they only have to cross the Jordan River and claim what God has promised them. After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, this should be a piece of cake, but it's at this point that the leaders of the tribes of Gad and Ruben spot some decent land that would be sufficient for them to raise their families and graze their cattle.
  • The Gadites and Reubenites ask Moses if they can just stay at the newly found land, instead of entering into the land that God has promised. Moses becomes angry and reminds them that the reason they had all been wandering in the desert for the past four decades was because their elders had angered God.
  • The Gadites and Reubenites come up with a "compromise" and present it to Moses and the Elders. They tell Moses that if he will allow them to set up cities now with safe walls to protect their families until they return, the Gadite and Reubenite men will cross the Jordan River and go to battle for the Promised Land, just as God commanded. The only difference in their plan is that once the Promised Land is in the possession of the Israelites, they (the Gadites and Reubenites) will go back across the Jordan River to live with their families. Moses agrees to this proposal.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Gadites and Reubenites had not yet seen what God had prepared for them, yet they decided they didn’t really need it or want it.
  • The Gadites and Reubenites made a conscious decision to settle for less than what God had intended for them because it seemed easier at the time. They traded the perfection of God’s plan for something that would suffice, something that was "good enough."

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you ever settled for less than God’s best for your life? If you find yourself tempted to settle for less, commit today to wait for the better option God has planned for you.