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.