Choosing an Inferior Inheritance
Numbers 32 records the sad account of the two-and-a half tribes who chose their inheritance on the wrong side of the Jordan River. Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of
Manasseh did not choose God’s best for their lives (Num. 32:33). They said in Numbers 32:5, “Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.” The real promises and blessings of God, including Mount Zion, were across the Jordan River, but these tribes were content to remain where they were.
They settled for second best because they had much cattle and thought that the land east of the Jordan River was a good place for their cattle. Their hearts were attached to the things of this world. Years later when God judged
Israel, Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh were the first tribes to be taken into captivity. One of the heartaches of leadership is that people determine the level of inheritance they receive. Not everyone in the Body of Christ obtains God’s best for his life.
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