While Caleb splashes in the
After forty years of wandering
Not everyone in the crowd is excited about the journey across. A few of the leaders look at the land where they stand, on the eastern side of the river, and they decide this land will be good enough for them. They’re comfortable. This spot looks quite welcoming. They approach Moses, their faithful leader, and convince him to let them stay on the eastern side of the river.
Moses relents. He simply asks that they contribute to the conquests on the western side of the river, and they may then return and settle to the east.
But the happy ending never comes. Jump forward a few books, and we find that those who settled to the east of the Jordan River were attacked and enslaved, and the right eye of every Israelite was gouged out (Samuel 10:27, 2 Kings 10:32). Failing to obey God’s command cost them dearly.
I’m thankful my children are learning to obey. The half-hearted Israelite clans set a good example for us all. Partial obedience is disobedience, and disobedience has a cost. We’re called to
I share these truths with Caleb while we clean his shoes in the semi-clear waters of Wolf Creek.
“No more mud,” he says.
“Right, no more mud,” I affirm.
This article was written by Stacey Pardoe and originally appeared at her blog. Find it here.