The tribes of Reuben and Gad request to inherit the land on the east side of Jordan bc it is a good place for all of their livestock. They say, “Do not take us over the Jordan”. Well this doesn’t sit well with Moses. He says this will cause the people to fear the conquest of the land just like the 10 unfaithful spies did and he says it wouldn’t be fair for them not to fight for the land with their brothers. The tribes of Reuben and Gad agree to settle their livestock, little ones, and women and then the men of war will cross the Jordan and fight with their brothers until each one of them inherits their land. So Reuben, Gad and also half the tribe of Manasseh settle in the land on the east side of the Jordan.
Next, Moses documents the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I counted over 40 moves. Can you imagine moving that many times with over 2 million people and all that livestock?! 🤯 The Lord wants to remind them how He was faithful during all of that AND if He was faithful to them during their wilderness journeys, He will be faithful to them moving forward with the conquest of the land. We end the reading with the Lord once again commanding the Israelites to drive the inhabitants out of the land and to destroy their false gods. He knows they will be a stumbling block to His people. He says if they don’t then, “those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides…”. Will the Israelites obey? Keep reading to find out.