East of the Jordan

Although the Lord promised all the tribes could live in the Land of Canaan, two and a half tribes (actually half of the half tribe of Manasseh), decided to stay on the East side of the Jordan and the Lord approved, “For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and the half-tribe of Manasseh has received its inheritance. The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance on this side of the Jordan, across from Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise” (Numbers 34:14-15).
They believed the land was good for raising cattle. It reminds me of the time angels told Lot to flee Sodom and go into the mountains, but Lot wanted to go to a certain city instead, and the angels approved, but later Lot regretted it and moved into the mountains.
The Lord has patience with us, but we need to realize that He has reasons for what He teaches us and what He commands us. Why not just believe Him and do what He says?

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