Numbers 32 - You don't Fall, You Choose.....*
So here's the scene - the Israelites had just destroyed the Midianites, now they were marching toward the Promised Land. They were just on the border of entering when they come up on the land of Gilead, which is on the opposite side of the Jordan River. The Jordan separated Canaan (which was the Promised Land where Abraham first received the promise from God) and all the rest of the land. When they got to Gilead two tribes "fell" in love with the terrain. They set their eyes on it and lust ran its course and turned into a burning passion in their hearts, which overruled their proper thinking that should have recalled God's promise for a better land and all the miraculous things God had already done on their behalf. But no, they focused on the "here and now" and the beauty of the land and how it was a land they could have "now." And this forfeited their right to have any claim in the Promised Land. Note that this is the very same thing Lot did - he chose for himself (he should've let Abraham choose) and he chose the best looking land (he shouldn't have based his decision on what "looked" the best). But that's what lust is - I want that thing NOW. What you focus on will be magnified in your mind and then your desire for it will intensify until you get it, only to realize that it was much bigger and sweeter in your imagination than it is in real life.
In vs 19 the leaders of these tribes said something very interesting - they said, "....our inheritance has 'fallen' to us on this side of the Jordan...." Do what? Their inheritance hadn't fallen to them - they CHOSE it. What they were saying was "this is where the cards have fallen and we'll take it." That's not true. They chose for themselves that land. Yet this is the exact same reasoning we use when we say we've "fallen in love." You don't FALL in love - you CHOOSE to love. You can fall into an emotional feeling of love if you let yourself, but to love someone by the true definition of love you have to make a choice to do that. Emotion crowds out Wisdom. Emotion is really good and cool, even God has emotion. But emotion is supposed to FOLLOW you and not LEAD you. Just like money - it's a great follower but a brutal master. Emotion will follow what you choose when you choose wisely. So don't make decisions based on what "feels" right - this is what Isaac did when Jacob came disguised as Esau - he knew in his heart it wasn't Esau but when he "felt" his arms and "smelled" his clothes he pronounced the blessing. His mind was telling him what was true but he let his emotions get out of control and they jumped into the drivers seat. Bad move.
So in this story we see a great mistake made by two tribes in Israel because they let their emotions do the leading. And when you fast forward a few books in the OT we see that when the Israelites were captured by Assyria these two tribes were the first to get taken down. If you choose for yourself then you will always have to live with the consequences of that decision.
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