Benjamin Franklin: “Trust in the Lord, and Work On”

Benjamin Franklin: "Trust in the Lord, and work on."

Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) dedicated his life to preaching the gospel. He was also a prolific writer, serving as editor of American Christian Review – one of the more influential journals among those associated with the Restoration Movement. Through his writings, he sought to encourage other preachers. The following quote describes the need for perseverance in one who would preach the gospel.Continue Reading

"Shall Your Brothers Go to War While You Yourselves Sit Here?" (3/8)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Numbers 31-32.

The children of Israel were to cross over the Jordan river and take possession of the promised land. However, the sons of Gad and Reuben preferred to settle on the east side of the river. So they went to Moses, Eleazar, and the leaders of the people to make their request.

They said, ‘If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession; do not take us across the Jordan.’ But Moses said to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, ‘Shall your brothers go to war while you yourselves sit here? Now why are you discouraging the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the Lord has given them?” (Numbers 32:5-7″

It would be entirely unfair and utterly discouraging for these two tribes to have rest and settle into their new homeland while their brothers were left to fight, struggle, and conquer the land of Canaan without them. So the sons of Gad and Reuben agreed to cross over with their brethren, help them conquer the land, and then return to the place they had chosen (Numbers 32:16-19).
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