Numbers 36: Divide the Land
Well, we made it to the final chapter of Numbers. It is always exciting to get to the end of another book!
Today, in Numbers 36, we have a few parting thoughts for the people of Israel about their inheritance.
Num 36:9 Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.
Before this verse, God is outlining how inheritances will be handed down through families and emphasizes that each tribe is to keep their own land that was given to them by lot. I think this speaks to the purpose of God.
He divided the land of Israel into perfect parcels of land for every tribe. He knew where He wanted to place each and every one. He had a reason to divide the land the way He did, and in the aforementioned verse emphasizes that humanity should not try to mess that up.
This kind of makes me think of the political marriages that would happen in European cultures. Royal children from two different countries would get married to perhaps enhance an alliance or make some type of political gain.
In Israel, by deciding that people should marry within their tribe, those types of situation would not happen. Everyone would inherit what God intended their tribe to have.
Since this is our final day in Numbers, and I feel like looking forward, it will be interesting to see what how all of these purposes play out. One that immediately comes to mind given that we are in the Christmas season refers to the fact that Jesus was prophesied to be born from the tribe of Judah in the town of Bethlehem.
Of course, God can make anything happen, but that purpose must have been already thought of at this point. God knew what piece of land Bethlehem would be on and knew that Jesus would be born there. He orchestrated all of that ahead of time.
God has a purpose for everything He does, and even if we don’t understand it at the time, when we look at the history of the Bible, it is interesting to see how everything works out.