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)