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2017.Jul.
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Beginning and Finishing Well
[ Numbers 32:28 - 32:42 ]
 
28. Then Moses gave orders about them to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and to the family heads of the Israelite tribes.
29. He said to them, "If the Gadites and Reubenites, every man armed for battle, cross over the Jordan with you before the LORD, then when the land is subdued before you, give them the land of Gilead as their possession.
30. But if they do not cross over with you armed, they must accept their possession with you in Canaan."
31. The Gadites and Reubenites answered, "Your servants will do what the LORD has said.
32. We will cross over before the LORD into Canaan armed, but the property we inherit will be on this side of the Jordan."
33. Then Moses gave to the Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan--the whole land with its cities and the territory around them.
34. The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,
35. Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah,
36. Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran as fortified cities, and built pens for their flocks.
37. And the Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh and Kiriathaim,
38. as well as Nebo and Baal Meon (these names were changed) and Sibmah. They gave names to the cities they rebuilt.
39. The descendants of Makir son of Manasseh went to Gilead, captured it and drove out the Amorites who were there.
40. So Moses gave Gilead to the Makirites, the descendants of Manasseh, and they settled there.
41. Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, captured their settlements and called them Havvoth Jair.
42. And Nobah captured Kenath and its surrounding settlements and called it Nobah after himself.
 

Reflection
Keeping the Faith (32:28–32)
Moses knows he will die before the Israelites enter the Promised Land, so he gives Eleazar, Joshua, and the other leaders instructions about the agreement with the Reubenites and the Gadites. The two tribes then verbally confirm their commitment to do what the LORD has required of them. Having a strong sense of commitment and a determination to stay faithful is crucial as we struggle to live for Christ in this hostile world. Armed with this attitude and the armor of God, we can stand firm against the storms and battles that come our way and persevere to the very end—no matter how hard things get. Then, we will be able to say with the apostle Paul, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).

Our Eyes on Jesus (32:33–42)
After building pens for their livestock and fortifying their cities, these tribes faithfully follow through on their commitment to fight with the rest of Israel to the very end. The book of Joshua tells us that after the successful conquest of Canaan, these tribes returned to their homes on the east side of the Jordan with Joshuas blessing (Josh. 22). They thus receive their desired land as an inheritance from the LORD and can live there with a clear conscience. Our generous God richly rewards those who are faithful to Him, but the reward that awaits those who trust in His Son is far greater than any inheritance of land; it is an eternal, imperishable reward that was won for us by Christs death and resurrection.

Application
- What is a commitment or promise that you have made to God? What struggles has He helped you overcome so that you could remain faithful?

- How has God rewarded your obedience to Him in this life? What eternal rewards are you looking forward to receiving in heaven?

A Letter to
God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net)
People Name: Azerbaijani, North
Country: Armenia
Primary Religion: Islam


The Nations
Armenia is a predominantly Christian country, but the small population of Azerbaijani people who live in Armenia are mostly Muslim. Historically, Armenia has had many conflicts between religious groups, including the Crusades which were military conflicts that arose between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages. Pray that the Christians in Armenia would be a light to their Azerbaijani neighbors and that the Gospel would spread across Armenia and into the surrounding nations.
 
 
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