Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read that the sons of Reuben and Gad say that the land on the east of Jordan is good for cattle. Since they have cattle, they want to stay there where things are comfortable and not take the land God has for them. Moses tells them if they don’t fight, then the other tribes will not want to fight. They made a deal that every man of fighting age must go into the Promised Land and join the battle with the other tribes to take it. Their wives, children, cattle, and possessions can stay.
God has a plan for us. We are in midst of a battle and we must be willing to fight or the people around us will not be willing to fight.
In Deuteronomy, Moses and Joshua receive word from the Lord to “be strong and of good courage.” God says this because he will be in their battle. He will fight for them and he knows that they will not remain faithful to him. We turn away from God in the good times and sometimes when we suffer. God has promised that he will fight for us even though he knows we will fail and be faithless. We always need to ask God to help us and come back to him.
How has God stayed by your side in times of sadness and excitement?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Now, the Reubenites and Gadites owned very large herds of cattle. Having seen that the territories of Jazer and Gilead formed an ideal region for raising stock,
3 ‘The territory of Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon,
4 which Yahweh has conquered before the advancing community of Israel, is ideal land for raising stock, and your servants are cattle breeders.
10 Hence Yahweh’s anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath,
14 And now you rise up in your father’s place, offshoot of sinful stock, to increase Yahweh’s burning anger with Israel even more!
16 They came to Moses and said, ‘We should like to build sheepfolds here for our flocks and towns for our little ones.
17 We ourselves will take up arms and lead the Israelites until we have brought them to the place appointed for them, while our little ones stay in the fortified towns to be safe from the local inhabitants.
19 For we shall have no heritage with them on the other bank of the Jordan or beyond, since our heritage has fallen to us here, east of the Jordan.’
21 and if all those of you who bear arms cross the Jordan before Yahweh, until he has driven all his enemies out before him,
26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks and all our livestock will stay in the towns of Gilead,
29 Moses said to them, ‘If the Gadites and Reubenites, all those under arms, cross the Jordan with you to fight in Yahweh’s name, then, once the country has become subject to you, you will give them the territory of Gilead as theirs.
31 To this, the Gadites and Reubenites replied, ‘What Yahweh has said to your servants, we shall do.
33 Moses then gave them — the Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph — the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the country and the towns within its territory, and the country’s frontier-towns.
1 Moses went and spoke to all Israel as follows,
2 ‘Today, I am one hundred and twenty years old, and can no longer act as leader. Yahweh has told me, “You shall not cross this Jordan.”
7 Moses then summoned Joshua and, in the presence of all Israel, said to him, ‘Be strong, stand firm; you will be the one to go with this people into the country which Yahweh has sworn to their ancestors that he would give them; you are to be the one who puts them into possession of it.
9 Moses committed this Law to writing and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of Yahweh’s covenant, and to all the elders of Israel.
14 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘And now the time is near when you must die. Summon Joshua and take your places at the Tent of Meeting, so that I can give him his orders.’ Moses and Joshua went and took their places at the Tent of Meeting,
15 and Yahweh showed himself at the Tent in a pillar of cloud; the pillar of cloud stood at the door of the Tent.
16 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘You will soon be sleeping with your ancestors, and this people is about to play the harlot by following the gods of the foreigners of the country, among whom they are going to live. They will desert me and break my covenant, which I have made with them.
17 That very day, my anger will blaze against them; I shall desert them and hide my face from them. A host of disasters and misfortunes will overtake them to devour them, and when that day comes they will say, “If such disasters overtake me, surely Yahweh my God cannot be with me?”
19 ‘Now write down this song for you to use; teach it to the Israelites, put it into their mouths, for it to be a witness on my behalf against the Israelites:
20 against Israel, whom I am bringing into the country which I swore to his ancestors that I would give him, a country flowing with milk and honey: against Israel, who will eat to his heart’s content and grow fat, and will then turn to other gods and serve them, despising me and breaking my covenant.
21 When a host of disasters and misfortunes overtakes him, this song, like a witness, will give evidence against him, since his descendants will not have forgotten it. Yes, even today, before I have brought him to the country which I have promised him on oath, I know what plans he has in mind.’
22 So, that day, Moses wrote out this song and taught it to the Israelites.
23 To Joshua son of Nun, Yahweh gave this order, ‘Be strong and stand firm, for you are to be the one to bring the Israelites into the country which I have promised them on oath, and I myself shall be with you.’
25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of Yahweh’s covenant:
27 For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If today, while I am still alive and with you, you rebel against Yahweh, how much more will you rebel against him after my death!
29 For I know that after my death you are certain to grow corrupt; you will leave the way which I have marked out for you; in the final days disaster will befall you for having done what is evil in Yahweh’s eyes, for having provoked his anger by your behaviour.’
30 In the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel, Moses then recited the words of this song to the end:
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all peoples,