Today’s QT

A Desire to Settle // Numbers 32:1-15 

1. The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock.
2. So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said,
3. “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon-
4. the land the LORD subdued before the people of Israel–are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock.
5. If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.”
6. Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here?
7. Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them?
8. This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.
9. After they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the LORD had given them.
10. The LORD’s anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath:
11. ‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-
12. not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly.’
13. The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
14. “And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the LORD even more angry with Israel.
15. If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction.”


The Idol of Comfort (32:1–5)
The Reubenites and Gadites have accumulated sizable herds and flocks, so when they see that the conquered lands of Jazer and Gilead are good for grazing, they ask Moses and the other leaders if they can settle there. Moreover, they specifically request, “Do not make us cross the Jordan,” suggesting that they would prefer to settle safely in these lands without having to face the battles that await them in Canaan. Their request seems to be motivated by their desire for comfort and prosperity rather than faith in the LORD’s promises. Sometimes, even the good things that God provides can become idols when we being to value them above God Himself.

The Dangers of Greed (32:6–15)
Moses responds to the Reubenites and Gadites with a strong rebuke, calling them a “brood of sinners” (v. 14). He questions their motivations and challenges their selfish desire for comfort: how can they sit comfortably on this side of the Jordan while their brothers go out to war? Even worse, their actions could discourage the Israelites from moving forward and claiming the promises of God in Canaan. This is the danger of greed. When we seek more for ourselves, we find it difficult to make sacrifices for the sake of others. Focusing only on our own desires blinds us toward the needs of those around us and can have devastating effects on our community.


– When was the last time you let your worldly desires rather than the promises of God dictate your decisions? Remember that this world is not our home. Live in light of the eternity that awaits you.

– How can you practice putting the needs of others above your own? How does Jesus’ example help you to do this?


Father, thank you for showing me the dangers of living for comfort and material gain. Teach me to delight in You and trust in Your promises. I want my life to be a great blessing to those around me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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