Beginning and Finishing Well // Numbers 32:28-42
Keeping the Faith (32:28–32)
Moses knows he will die before the Israelites enter the Promised Land, so he gives Eleazar, Joshua, and the other leaders instructions about the agreement with the Reubenites and the Gadites. The two tribes then verbally confirm their commitment to do what the LORD has required of them. Having a strong sense of commitment and a determination to stay faithful is crucial as we struggle to live for Christ in this hostile world. Armed with this attitude and the armor of God, we can stand firm against the storms and battles that come our way and persevere to the very end—no matter how hard things get. Then, we will be able to say with the apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7).
Our Eyes on Jesus (32:33–42)
After building pens for their livestock and fortifying their cities, these tribes faithfully follow through on their commitment to fight with the rest of Israel to the very end. The book of Joshua tells us that after the successful conquest of Canaan, these tribes returned to their homes on the east side of the Jordan with Joshua’s blessing (Josh. 22). They thus receive their desired land as an inheritance from the LORD and can live there with a clear conscience. Our generous God richly rewards those who are faithful to Him, but the reward that awaits those who trust in His Son is far greater than any inheritance of land; it is an eternal, imperishable reward that was won for us by Christ’s death and resurrection.
– What is a commitment or promise that you have made to God? What struggles has He helped you overcome so that you could remain faithful?
– How has God rewarded your obedience to Him in this life? What eternal rewards are you looking forward to receiving in heaven?