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Numbers 32:1-33:56

This makes me sad, 1 …So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds, 2 they came to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the other leaders of the people. They said, 3 "Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon—4 the LORD has conquered this whole area for the people of Israel. It is ideally suited for all our flocks and herds. 5 If we have found favor with you, please let us have this land as our property instead of giving us land across the Jordan River."

God, who knows everything, gives the children of Israel land that is best suited for them, yet two and one-half tribes think that they can appraise the land better than God. Hmmm, have I negotiated down and taken what God has permitted me to take instead of waiting for God’s perfect Will for my life? Were the people from the tribe of Gad the ancestors of those living in the Gadarenes, that place where Jesus cast the legend of demons out of a man and sent them into a heard of pigs? I’m not sure if they are but if there were they wound up taking care of unclean animals. That was not a job for nice Jewish boys.

How could they say that the land was ideally suited for them without fully exploring the land of Promise? What does this say when we want things done in our timing and not God’s timing?

Mike reading your comments about keeping our words reminds me of how important it is to be faithful to the words that flow from our mouths. One of the consequences of not keeping our word is that we don’t think anyone else will be true to their word either, even God so we don’t trust Him. If you can’t believe your own words, you will never believe anyone else’s. That is the real destruction of having a lying tongue, we destroy ourselves first.

My Mom's favorite verse when I was a child is in today's reading. "Be sure your sin will find you out." She would just say that to us. It was so true, too. It didn't matter what we did, she would always find out. (I probably told on myself more often than not, but still...).

God only disciplines those that He loves. He is our Father and wants us to be made perfect in all things.

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