Numbers 32:6-7 What If?

Numbers 32:6-7 (KJV)
And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?

History has turned out just as it has. Speculations about, “What if?” Can serve little productive purpose. We don’t know what would be different if people had behaved differently.

Nevertheless I would like to posit a, “What if?” I wonder what might have been different if all of the tribes had committed fully to dwell in the Promised Land?

We know that there were early misunderstandings between Israel and these two and a half tribes.

  • We know that Israel failed to conquer completely the people in the Promised Land and
  • We know that became a thorn in their flesh
  • What if the two and a half tribes had moved into the Promised Land?

What if they had been forced to fight for property good for cattle inside the Promised Land? What if Joshua would have needed to create lots inside the Promised Land to meet the needs of two and a half tribes more?

Moses was “pressured” in many respects, to allow this compromise. It wasn’t his first choice and I notice, in this passage anyway, God never signed off on it.

I think this happens a lot in Christianity. We see a lot of Christians who beg permission to stop just short of full submission to the Lord. And we see how that:

  • Stunts their spiritual growth
  • Leaves churches in need and
  • Prevents Christianity from having full impact in the world

What if Christians would give up their excuses and sell out whole-heartedly to the Lord?


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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