A Special Sendoff

In a previous post, I pointed out how two-and-a-half tribes of Israel chose to stay on the east side of the Jordan – which technically was not in the promised land to be given by God.  Now that the land west of the Jordan has been conquered, the men are allowed to go back to the land they asked for to the east.  And Joshua gives them this sendoff:

“Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded.  For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you.  Now that the LORD your God has given your brothers rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan.  But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.”   Then Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their homes.”Joshua 22:1-6

This somehow gives me the impression of a parent sending a child away after their years at home, as if the time of living under one roof has passed.  These tribes made their decision to live outside of the original promised land designated by God.  Their place seems to be somehow different than the tribes who remain.  So they get a special sendoff, and an admonition to stay close to God.


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