Lord may we inherit your best for us and help us not choose our lazy best. Amen.
Today’s reading: Numbers 31-32.
It’s time for a little theologeography. That’s my portmanteau for the study of geography in the Bible. The Israelites have made it right next to the border of the Promised Land. They are camped to the east of the Jordan River and just above the Dead Sea. Everything they have heard about and been promised for generations lies across the Jordan to the west. Now, suddenly, two of the tribes – Reuben and Gad – decide they want to settle in this Transjordan land rather than across the river.
So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon– the land the LORD subdued before the people of Israel–are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock. If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let…
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