The three tribes mentioned here were the ones most easily overlooked, the ones who had played ever only a minor part in Israel. God did not want His people to overlook or forget these tribes in the return from exile. The hope was always a return for all Israel – as the Apostle Paul wrote: and so all Israel will be saved. Romans 11:26. Are there people from your congregation’s past whom you have forgotten?
“But they broke faith with the God of their fathers, and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.”
These genealogies are a reminder for the returning exiles, and for us.
They are an encouragement to see God’s hand at work.
And they also hold what happens when we reject God and follow after the world/idols.
Today we read of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and (half) Manasseh, as well as a small portion of the Simeonites living in Mount Sier).
We read of their sin, breaking faith with the Lord and the consequences for that.
The returning exiles were not to forget what happened!
And we are to do the same – To remember. Remember the Lord, flee from idolatry.
When Paul is writing to the church in Corinth, exhorting us regarding fleeing idolatry and the mechanics of temptation, he says in 1 Corinthians 10,
“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.”
Let us learn from these passages, so that we might not desire evil!
* Father God,
Please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.
Please show us what You want for us to learn from this passage.
Please show us Jesus.