NUMBERS 32

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Numbers 32:1-33

A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION

 

Much is accomplished when people work together! (Give examples. Nehemiah building the walls is an example I think of.)

The children of Israel were on the verge of crossing over into the Promised Land.

Some of the tribes wanted to settle on the other side of the Jordan River because of the good pastureland. This could have weakened the strength of the attacking force that went over the Jordan. By working together in a spirit of cooperation the matter was resolved.

 

A REQUEST FOR A COUNTRY (INHERITANCE) - Vss. 1-5

The request was to settle in a land that was very suitable for cattle.

 

A REACTION OF CONCERN - Vss. 6-15

Moses was afraid that the other tribes would be discouraged. He envisioned them sitting in their new land while the other tribes had to fight for their territory. He used the example of the previous generation, which refused to enter the Promised Land through unbelief.

 

A RESPONSE OF COMMITMENT - Vss. 16-19

These people proposed building cities and sheepfolds and then joining the other tribes in conquering the Promised Land. They said they would not return until the others had been successful in securing their inheritance.

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT - Vss. 20-33

Moses made the agreement with warnings.

These tribes were faithful in fulfilling their obligation (Joshua 22:1-9)

 

 

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Numbers 32

PEACEFUL RESOLUTION

 

The children of Israel were ready to enter into The Promised Land. All of a sudden an issue came up that caused great concern. How it was resolved is a good lesson in peaceful resolution.

 

PETITION Vss. 1-4

Two tribes wanted to stay on the side of the Jordan River that was already conquered. They had much cattle, and the land was suitable for raising livestock.

 

PROTEST Vss. 6-15

Moses was concerned that this meant that the two tribes would not help conquer The Promised Land.

This would hurt morale. He sited the rebellion of the Children of Israel forty years earlier an example to heed.

 

PROPOSAL Vss. 16-19

The two tribes proposed building sheepfolds for their livestock and then joining the invasion of The Promised Land. They would not return home until Israel was done conquering.

 

PACT Vss. 20-32

It was agreed that the two tribes would build their sheepfolds and get their families settled. Then they would go forward armed to help conquer the enemy.

 

PREPARATION Vss. 33-42

Joined by the half tribe of Manasseh, the two tribes made the needed preparations to take care of their families. They then joined the rest of the people in conquering The Promised Land.

 

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