Was It Just Land for the Sake of Land?

Just before Israel crossed over the Jordan to enter the Land of Canaan, some of the tribes approached Moses, saying that they wanted land on the east side of the Jordan rather than on the west side, “Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock, the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, ‘Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, the country which the LORD defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.’ Therefore they said, ‘If we have found favor in your sight, le t this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan'” (Numbers 32:1-5).
The Lord could have given Israel land anywhere on earth. However, He chose a place that He wanted to give them for His own reasons. Yet, it seems that these tribes could only see that the Lord wanted to deliver them from Egypt to give them a place they could call their own.
Do not second guess the Lord. He knows what He does and we should accept it.

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