Today’s reading: Joshua 22:10-34
One of the benefits of being part of a church body is having accountability between members and or groups to help keep us on the right path—through encouragement, but also through confrontation and correction when necessary. We get a glimpse of that kind of accountability with the interaction between the western Israelite tribes and tribes of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, who returned to their land on other side of the Jordan River.
What I liked about this passage was how the western tribes handled a situation where they believed part of their family had gotten off course and acted wrongly. They are upset at the actions of their relatives and even ready to make war if necessary. But before they do, they speak with the eastern tribe leaders in order to ascertain the exact situation, asking, “What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel?” (vs. 16). The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh are able to explain their actions, and the situation resolves peacefully, no corrective action needed.
Do you have someone or a group of people who help you stay grounded and on the right track? Why is this important? What does this passage reveal about the importance of confronting those we love when necessary? Tami
Source: Tami’s Blog