Bible Battle #10 – C. 1407 BC
ANCIENT HISTORY before the Occupation of Gilead
CONFLICT BACKGROUND leading to the Occupation of Gilead
Fortunately, Reuben and Gad saw reason and agreed with their leader, leaving their families in area of Gilead while joining the fighting force. Moses instructed Eleazar and Joshua to set aside that land for the two tribes after they crossed the river committing themselves to battle. Although the land was to be west of the Jordan River, Gad and Reuben insisted that their land should be on the East.
Moses gave Gad, Reuben and Manasseh the recently fallen lands of the Amorites and Bashan. The Gadites and Reubenites rebuilt the fortified cities while individual clans of the half tribe of Manasseh went on the attack. These were the Machirites, Jairites and Nobah, a Manasseh warrior with a contingent of fighters.
MILITARY HISTORY of the Occupation of Gilead
- Gad and Reuben occupied the land and rebuilt the towns in the area that had been through the previous battles.
- Machirites captured Gilead, expulsing the Amorites and settled
- Jairites captured the smaller Amorite settlements and renamed the
area Havvoth Jair.
- Nobah captured Kenath and renamed it Nobah.
BIBLE HISTORY AFTERMATH of the Occupation of Gilead
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
Gad and Reuben had preferred land to the east of the Jordan River instead of to the west. Curiously, although the Balfour Declaration of 1917 had accounted for this land to be part of the proposed independent Jewish territory, in 1948 in land east of the river was given to the State of Israel. Instead that became the country of Jordan.
something far better.
they had done enough for the people’s cause.
their own journey.
bonus, this was the optimal place for them and He directed them into it if they
would let Him.
POINT A CROSS
Just as Moses was approached by two tribes here, later in Luke 9:57-62 Jesus is approached by two men who want to follow him but not before they take care of their affairs. One wanted to first bury his father, the other wanted to bid his family farewell first. Jesus responded that no man, having been given an assignment from God, who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. When a man buried his father this meant that he was taking hold of his inherited estate as well. These people wanted to secure their earthly possessions before joining Jesus but he told them, effectively, that you cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM
Moses told the two tribes that if they first supported the people in war their inheritance would be secure with God’s blessing.
Matthew6:33-34 NKJV:  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Wisdom prevailed and Reuben and Gad agreed to secure the land through fighting before settling there.
BIBLE BATTLE on LOCATION around the Battle of
WORLD HISTORY TIMELINE at the Occupation of Gilead
Events in History
Below is a history of the World timeline pertaining to the Ancient Middle East joined with the history of the Bible.
This world history timeline shows ancient calendars dates prior to 664 BC based on Rohl’s New Chronology. For a detailed explanation on the coherence of the Bible history timeline with other ancient history events please refer to our chapter “Chronological Discrepancies” for clarification.