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Numbers 32-34, Mark 9:30-50 • Key Verses: Numbers 32:6-7
“Looking out for number one” is an old saying, but its sentiment is as popular as ever. We have
been taught that we can have it our way and that we deserve a break today.
Too often a Christian can be subtly sucked into thinking about self with little regard for others.
The follower of Christ, however, must remember that every believer is part of the Body and must
consider how individual actions affect others. This is not a new problem- The Reubenites,
Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh liked the look of the land east of the Jordan. It was
suitable for livestock. Their request to stay there seemed reasonable.
But Moses saw the effect it would have on Israel: “Shall your countrymen go to war while you
sit here? Why do you discourage the [nation]?” (31:6-7).
To their credit, when reminded of similar past situations and when made aware of how their
action would affect others, these tribes did not choose to be discouragers. Yes, their families and
livestock remained, but the men went to war with the rest of Israel.
Too often people in the church think of themselves and not how their choices might discourage
others. Determine to encourage others by your actions as well as your words.
You can bean encourager or a discourager Putting your interests first can discourage others.
Choose to be an encourager.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett

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