Numbers 32:23 “Half-hearted Obedience”
Some men from Gad, Reuben, and half of Manasseh saw the land on the east side of the Jordan, and, like Lot earlier, they wanted to settle there because it was ideal for cattle. As Moses listened to their argument, he became angry because these choices would discourage the other tribes. Like Lot, they were willing to take the easy route rather than being obedient to the Lord. There will always be the “second best.” Their choice would come at a price, one of which was a reoccurrence of what happened at Kadesh Barnea if they chose to disobey. They saw what was in front but not what was ahead. They failed to trust that God knows best. How often are we like that? We can’t see ahead, but we still think we know better than God.
Being older and wiser, Moses knew that their hearts were lukewarm, but also Moses too did not seek the Lord in this decision. Why he did not is uncertain, but we do know these men were like Lot, thinking of the moment before them rather than the future that God had planned.
Beware of being contented with the lesser when God has the best already set aside for you. As Moses warned them, if they did not obey, their sin would be found out. [Num. 32:23]