TFOTB | February 26th | Reading 057 of 366 |

BOOK 04 of 66  | Numbers 33

Signpost Words | ‘WHAT GOD DECIDED TO DO’

Highlight Verses | Numbers 33:50-56

And YHWH spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan nearJericho, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘When you are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures of idolatry, and destroy all their molten images, and totally pull down all their high places, And you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell in it yourselves, for I have given you the land to possess it. And you shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families, and to the more you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance, and every man’s inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falls for you shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which you let remain of them shall be barbs in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall worry you in the land which you now inhabit. Moreover, it shall come to pass, that I shall do to you, as I decided to do to them. (NSB)

Some Observations | 

YHWH gives the commands of (1) the Dispossession of the inhabitants, (2) the Destruction of the current inhabitants, (3) the Divine division of the land grant, which he now gives them. God’s command is quite clear, “Drive them out!” 

Final Reflections |

IF YOU DON’T DO THIS, then I will drive you out, dispossess you, & destroy you and divide your land to someone else. Scary! 



BOOK 04 of 66  | Numbers 34


Highlight Verses | Numbers 34:13-15

“This is the land which you shall inherit by lot, which YHWH commanded to give to the nine tribes, and to the half tribe, (For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance.) The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side of Jordan near Jerich, eastward, toward the rising sun.” (NSB)

Some Observations | 

I acknowledge I may be superimposing my own fears over the text here, so please humor me, for there is something haunting about this three-fold repetition here of, “have received their inheritance.” Yes, there is something far too familiar about it all, I mean it sounds like, “Therefore when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet as you go, like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Truly I say to you, ‘They have their reward”’ (Matthew 6:2 NSB) The 2 ½ tribes of  mucho-many cattle, had made their choice and Go had said, OK, Amen, let it be so. Look though, for now God was going to give land of His choosing within the boundaries of borders of blessing, and they would have none of it.

Final Reflections |

Let us be really, really sure, that either in our tiredness or in our lust for the present, that we don’t rob our eternal reward by choosing the best of this earth, which at the very best is, the 2nd best of heaven.  

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