Shall Your Brethren Go to War
January 19, 2020
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Passage: Numbers 32:1-27
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Shall Your Brethren Go to War While Ye Sit Here

We need to ask a question.. is it enough? Are you content with our contribution? Are you content with what you contribute in works? Are you sitting in a land just east of Jordan and willing to wage war against Satan with your brethren?

The Historical Event

  • Numbers 32:1-27

This is the second generation to come out of Egypt. They are ready to go into the promised land and conquer the land, they’ve captured everything east of Jordan and are ready to cross over and capture the rest.

They saw the riches of the land east of the Jordan. They saw the land was good for livestock. the children of Gad and Reuben came and asked if they could dwell in the lands east of the Jordan. 

They asked respectfully of Moses to inquire of God regarding their request. Moses asked them, shall your brethren go to war while you sit in safety

All the nations conquered the east side of the Jordan, and wondered if they planned to sit by while the rest of the land was conquered. He worried it would be a discouragement to their brothers. 

And, he compared them to those spies who feared the taking of the land. vs. 8,9 Those spies who had aroused the Lord to anger, vs. 10. He warned them against increasing God’s anger against Israel. 

  • Verse 15, would destroy God’s people if they turned away from God. 

Their request was simple, we want to stay here. God asked them if they were to sit in ease, and increase the anger of God. 

  • Verses 16-19, they came to an agreement. 

They basically say they will build pens for livestock, and let the children dwell in the fenced cities. But, that they would go into the land west of th Jordan with the rest to fight. 

  • Verses, 20-23 They would have to carry through on their honor and then their agreement would be given to them. But if they failed to go with their brethren, their sin would find hem out and they would lose out on what they desired. 

What Can We Learn from This Event?

What application?

  • 1 Corinthians 10:11

Like Israel we are at war. It is a spiritual war to be sure. 

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

A spiritual war, not fleshly war. It is not a carnal war, but a spiritual war against a spiritual foe. It is a war against Satan and the rulers of darkness. 

  • Ephesians 6:10-13

We are to be strong int he Lord and the power of His might. Like the case of those who made a request to stand on the east side of the Jordan. We must be willing to stand fast in the faith, to stand for truth. We need to understand the war is not won. we are still at war.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:5

How successful are we to bring every thought unto the captivity of Christ? We must continue to stand strong against the whiles of the devil. 

The devil doesn’t stop. We need to understand his focus is on you and me, the lord’s church. He’s never going to quit. We need to never give up, until we set down our present life and move on into the spiritual.

  • Ephesians 6:11

Shall our brethren go to war while we sit here. Shall we sit an enjoy the efforts of others while we do nothing? Are we to sit and rest on those who’ve labored int he past. If we aren’t actively involved in some pase of the Lord’s work we are sinning. 

  • Proverbs 18:9 
  • Matthew 12:30

What will be the end result if we sit while our brothers go to war. What one does or doesn’t do for the church affects Christ. 

  • Acts 9:3-5

Paul learned that if you aren't working for the Lord, you are working against Him.

When we sin against the brethren we sin against Christ.

  • 1 Corinthians 8:12

Our sin will come out in the growth of the congregation, whether physical growth or spiritual growth. 

  • Ephesians 4:15,16

If every part of the body is doing it’s part you have a healthy body.

It will be revealed on the Day of Judgement, whether or not we are doing our part.The parable of the talents reveals that your ability will be revealed and whether or not you used your talent. 

  • Matthew 24

If we are not using our abilities, we need to recognize that our sins will find us out. 

When Reuben and Gad recognized that to sit idly would be sinful, they made preparations to do their part. Moses was patient to allow them to prepare for their families and cattle. But, they were needful to go to war. 

We can be patient with our brothers as they prepare, but we need to recognize that we need to be able and willing to go to war on behalf of the Lord and the brethren. 

Are you in the Lords’ army, in the army of Christ and actively engaged int he work?

Consider our lives and the manner in which we are serving Christ. Are we sitting east of the Jordan idly by and not doing the work, you will not be able to enter into the promised land. 

You must first be a child of God. You must have an obedient faith in the gospel of Christ believing that He is the son of God, repenting of sins, confessing His name and then be baptized for the remission of your sins. 

If you are a Christian who has not been fighting the battle, you must repent of your sins and be faithful to Him.


Jack McNiel, Evangelist
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