May 30 2016 – our brethren beyond the tribe.

In Joshua chapter 1 he reminded the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Manasseh what they had agreed to. That they would not rest until their brethren had found rest on the far side of the Jordan ( verses 12-15). It was a case of ” All for one and one for all “ the motto of the 3 Musketeers. They rose to the challenge.

Like the Reubenites, Gadites and half tribe of Manasseh we must be as concerned for the rest and welfare of others as we are about our own. We musn’t rest till those around us enjoy rest. We must look to their interests as much as our own, be as concerned to fight their battles as our own.

This requires us to realize we are part of something bigger than just our “tribe”, our church, our group, our family. In verses 14 & 15 Joshua reminded the tribe of Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Manasseh that they had connection and therefore interests beyond their tribe. He talked to them twice about their “brethren” who needed help and whom the Lord had not yet given rest.

The two and a half tribes could have been short sighted, only concerning themselves with their tribes, forgetting about their “brethren”.

Lets not make that mistake, only seeing our “tribe”, our church, our group, our family, only concerning ourselves with their needs. Lets maintain the larger view, the larger perspective, remember our “brethren” beyond the “tribe” and concern ourselves with their needs as well.

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