We are going to take a break from our great commission series for something I wanted to share. This morning I was reading through Joshua 22. You may know the story. If you don't here is a summary but if you can, read the chapter. Things were settling down for Israel after conquering the promise land. Joshua blesses the tribes of Ruben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh and they go to the land that was given to them. After arriving they decide to made a huge altar. The other tribes hear of it, get angry, and the leaders of the other tribes get together and confront them about the issue. The leaders come to them with all kinds of accusations. They tell them about how they are departing from the Lord and remind them of how God judged Israel because of Achan's sin. They demand their repentance or war will break out. The tribes of Ruben, Gad, and Manasseh tell them it has nothing to do with departing from the Lord or worshiping contrary to the law. They are afraid that the other tribes will cut them off and not allow them to worship in the place God commanded. They had made the altar as a reminder to everyone of what God had commanded hoping that everyone would remember.
That is the story. What should we make of it? I had several thoughts this morning as I mediated on it. I began to think about relationships. The main thought I had was relationships in the church but you could also apply these things to families or other situations.
Here are some of my thoughts: