- What was wrong with the request of Reuben and Gad?
What was the result that Moses feared might arise from it, and on what conditions only could it be granted? Why is this event particularly significant for Israel as it arrives in the promised land, and begins to from itself into a tribal confederacy?
How will its future life as a ‘nation’ differ from all that it has been up to now?
- What great principle with regard to sin and its consequences is expressed in verse 23?
Can you think of instances in Scripture which illustrate its working? Cf. Gal. 6:7, 8.
Note. Verses 1-5. The tribes of Reuben and Gad understandably thought the land of Jazer and Gilead would suit their large herds of cattle. But their self-willed choice brought their descendants into constant trouble in later times. The territory lacked natural frontiers and was somewhat isolated and exposed to attack. Often in later centuries the other tribes had to come to their rescue. Cf. 1 Sam. 11; 1 Kgs. 22:3.