our brothers’ brothers
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2359
Num 32:1 At that time, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very significant number of livestock. When they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and notice, the place was a place for livestock.
Num 32:2 So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the congregation,
Num 32:3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon,
Num 32:4 the land that Yahveh struck down in the sight of the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.”
Num 32:5 And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”
Num 32:6 But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, “will your brothers go to the war while you sit here?
Num 32:7 Why will you discourage the heart of the people of Israel from going over into the land that Yahveh has given them?
Num 32:8 Your fathers did this, when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to see the land.
Num 32:9 Because when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the people of Israel from going into the land that Yahveh had given them.
Num 32:10 And Yahveh’s anger was kindled on that day, and he swore, and this is what he said,
Num 32:11 ‘Surely none of the men who came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, will see the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, because they have not wholly followed me,
Num 32:12 none except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, because they have wholly followed Yahveh.’
Num 32:13 And Yahveh’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of Yahveh was gone.
Num 32:14 And notice, you have risen in your fathers’ place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of Yahveh against Israel!
Num 32:15 Because if you turn away from following him, he will again abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all this people.”
Num 32:16 Then they came near to him and said, “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones,
Num 32:17 but we will take up arms, ready to go in the sight of the people of Israel, until we have brought them to their place. And our little ones will live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
Num 32:18 We will not return to our homes until each of the people of Israel has gained his inheritance.
Num 32:19 Because we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has come to us on this side of the Jordan to the east.”
our brothers’ brothers
The transjordon tribes are an example for us, because many Christians will not face certain challenges by virtue of where they live and their station in life. But that does not mean that those Christians so blessed should be indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters. No, we are our brothers’ brothers. If they need to fight to overcome the obstacles, then we should be fighting with them.
LORD, show us how to care for our brothers who face challenges that we do not.