Tuesday June 4, 2019: Joshua 22:1-6

Krissa Lox

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Joshua 22:1-6

22:1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
22:2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:
22:3 Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.
22:4 And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.
22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
22:6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto their tents.

The Reubenites, Gadites, and half of Manasseh received land that didn't require as much struggle to claim as the other Israelite tribes. But rather than being able to use this as an excuse to stay home to take care of their own things, they were still expected to keep helping out their brethren until the mission as a whole was accomplished.

While God is generous and loving and gives many great gifts, it would be counterproductive for Him to give blessings that would sway people away from their area of service instead of supporting them in it.