Numbers 32 Outline
– The Reubenites and Gadites wanted the land of Jazer and Gilead for their livestock (Numbers 32:1-5)
– Moses rebuked the Reubenites and Gadites (Numbers 32:6-15)
– The Reubenites and Gadies promised not to return until they have help every Israelites receive the inheritance (Numbers 32:16-19)
– Moses agreed to give Jazer and Gilead to the Reubenites and Gadites if they keep their promise (Numbers 32:20-33)
– The Reubenites and Gadites rebuilt the cities (Numbers 32:34-38)
– The half tribe of Manasseh conquered the Amorites and took over Gilead (Numbers 32:39-42)
Numbers 32 Summary
The Reubenites and Gadites requested Moses to give them the lands of Jazer and Gilead after seeing that these lands were good for raising livestock. The Reubenites and Gadites had many livestock. Moses rebuked their requests and reminded them about the 10 spies who brought back bad report and discouraged the entire community of the Israelites so that everyone 20 years old or more did not get to enter into the land of Canaan.
But the Reubenites and Gadites promised to go and fight against the Canaanites along with the other Israelites after settling in the lands. Therefore, Moses agreed to give the lands of Jazer and Gilead. Moses instructed Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun to not give them possessions the land of Jazer and Gilead if they did not go into the land of Canaan to fight the enemies along with other Israelites.
The Reubenites, Gadites and half tribe of Manasseh inherited the kingdom of Sihon and Og. The Gadites rebuilt Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, Atroth, Shophan, Jaazer, Jogbehah, Bethnimrah, and Bethharan. The Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh, Kirjathaim, Nebo, and Baalmeon, and Shibmah. The descendants of Makir attacked the Amorites and took possession of Gilead. Jair captured the settlements of the Amorites and renamed it to Havvoth Jair. Nobah captured Kenath and renamed it to Nobah.
Numbers 32 Bible Study
1. Keep your promise
In Numbers 32:23, Moses warned the Reubenites, Gadites and half tribe of Manasseh that they will be punished if they did not keep their promise in going into Canaan to fight the enemies along with the Israelites. We must always do what we promise so that people will trust in us. If you don’t do what you say, you have sinned because you lied. All sinners will be punished either while on earth or in the after life (Revelation 21:8). No matter whether it is a small or big promise, you must keep it. If you promise someone something to get a good outcome but don’t intend to do it, you are lying and you have sinned. If you did not keep your promise, you should ask for God’s forgiveness and repent (Numbers 30:2; Ecclesiastes 5:4-5; Psalm 89:34; Matthew 5:37; Leviticus 5:4-6).