河東地的分配

〈民數記〉32:27 但你的僕人,凡帶兵器的,都要照我主所說的話,在耶和華面前過去打仗。

和米甸人打完戰之後,緊接著戰利品的分配,有人已經在觀察地勢。倘若以色列人通通越過約旦河,那麼這片剛剛打完佔領的土地要歸誰呢?土地很重要。有很多企業家都是從房地產發跡的,想要擁有龐大的財富,沒有土地是不可能的。因此許多人一有錢就買屋置地,因為投資不一定賺錢,但是土地永遠在那裡,最能保值。因此有些國家不賣土地,只讓人擁有九十九年。也有人想盡辦法挪移地界,想在不知不覺之中騙取別人的土地。但是我聽過最有趣的一則有關土地的新聞:有人在蓋完了新家之後,才發現是蓋在別人的土地上。

但是雅各的子孫可沒有那麼糊塗,流便和迦得的子孫在別人都還沒上心時,就留意到這塊肥沃的土地了。何必過約旦河呢?看看這些地土的青草長得何等青翠,看看那些牛羊惝徉在綠意無限的草地上,何等悠遊自在,有什麼地方比這片土地更合適他們住?何況,這塊地總得有人去住,對不對?他們不住,不是又給外邦人佔去了嗎?思考再三,他們去跟摩西和大司及眾首領提出申請。他們想要留在雅謝地和基列地,這兩地就是以色列人剛剛征服之地。你想,摩西聽了會有怎樣的反應呢?

怎麼可以這樣子?想撿現成的便宜?才剛打完第一仗,就不想再往前了?這地是大家一起打下來的,你們要去度假了,享受大家打來的地。那麼下一塊地,誰來幫忙打仗呢?假如大家都這樣做,那麼參與作戰的人越來越少,不是很不公平嗎?虧他們想得出來這麼自私的點子!摩西罵得比較有學問一點,有歷史有背景,引經據典。咱是在瞎湊熱鬧。

但是這兩個支派的代表也不是省油燈,他們說,冤枉了,老大。我們先造城壘圈,把婦人、孩子和牲畜安置好,就陪你們去打仗了,不打到大家都有地了,我們絕不回家。

Rest on Every Side

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Joshua 21:34-45.   Let’s go!

Joshua 21:34-42 (NIV) 
34  The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given: from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam, Kartah, 
35  Dimnah and Nahalal, together with their pasturelands–four towns; 
36  from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer, Jahaz, 
37  Kedemoth and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands–four towns; 
38  from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim, 
39  Heshbon and Jazer, together with their pasturelands–four towns in all. 
40  All the towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, were twelve. 
41  The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.
42  Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.

On verses 34-42:  These verses conclude the list of towns that were given to the tribe of Levi, ending with the Merarite clans. “Merari” literally means “bitter”. The fact that these Levites could receive these towns as well as pasturelands, and this despite the sin that their forefather had committed in Genesis 34, is a pretty sweet deal made possible by God’s grace.