Numbers 31 – Numbers 32
Is it me or does this book seem to be dragging on at this point? I guess in my mind, we had the second census in chapter 26, and I was ready to move on to the Promised Land. Were you? Then I have to keep reminding myself that we have all of Deuteronomy to read through before we get to the Jordan. I know it’s hard, but stick with me. One chapter at a time.
Here’s something I had forgotten in my last reading through the Bible. Not all of the Israelite choose to live across the Jordan. The tribes of Reuben and Gad decide to stay. Interestingly enough, their request is granted, as long as they pledge themselves to serve in battle alongside their fellow Israelites who are planning on crossing into the Promised Land. Once successful, they could return home. I guess, all in all, not a bad deal, but in my mind, all I can think is . . . where you are at, isn’t the land once promised to Abraham, Isaac, and their ancestors of old.
While we still have a long way to go, before Joshua leads the people across the Jordan. This is eventually where everyone is going to end up:
Our next reading: Numbers 33 – 34