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        . . . Numbers 32:20-32
"And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke to Moses saying 'Your servants will do as the Lord commands.'" Numbers 32:25 (NKJV)
A one-sentence summary of this lesson is as follows:  God expects His people to keep their promises and commitments.  In God's view, commitments must be taken seriously.  Contracts, marriages, pledges, or vows demand loyalty, faithfulness, and allegiance.
A WARNING ISSUED  (Numbers 32:20-24)
The Israelites were so close to the Promised Land.  The Gadites and Reubenites requested to settle east of the Jordan River because the land was ideal for raising families and livestock.  They appealed to Moses, who in turn, looked to the Lord.  The two tribes entered into a commitment with Moses that they would arm themselves for battle and help drive the enemies out.  Moses agreed to their commitment and promised the land they requested.  However, if they failed to honor their commitment, their sin against the Lord would catch-up with them.  " . . . Be sure your sins will find you out." Numbers 32:23 (NKJV)
AGREEMENT GIVEN  (Numbers 32:25-27)
The Gadites and Reubenites respected Moses leadership by agreeing to the proposal.  They would leave their dependents, wives, livestock, and other animals in Gilead while the men went into battle.  Dependents refers to "little ones."  Animals include wild as well as domestic livestock.  Remember the balm in Gilead?  This was an aromatic and medicinal substance derived from the resin of a balsam tree.
Moses relayed this commitment to Joshua and Eleazer and the family leaders.  Joshua, Eleazer, and family patriarchs had received the right to rule by God's commands.  Moses said of the two tribes fought as they promised, the land requested would be given to them.  This was a solemn vow which they intended to keep.  In turn, God would give them the land east of the Jordan River.  Christians today should be held to the same kind of accountability by fulfilling commitments to God and to one another.
Charles Foxworth
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana 
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