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  • Matot - Moses describes the laws of oaths; the Israelites battle the Midianites; the tribes of Reuben and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel.Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying, "This is the word that God has commanded.If a man makes a vow to God or swears an oath, he must not permit his word to remain unfulfilled. He shall do whatever has come forth from his mouth. "The same goes for a woman, unless her father (in her youth) or her husband obstructs her vows. In that case, God will forgive her because of these obstructions. Every vow and every binding oath of self-denial, her husband can let it stand or her husband can annul it. As for a widowed or divorced woman, anything that she has vowed shall stand for her." These are the laws that God commanded Moses between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father's house. God then said to Moses, "Accomplish the vengeance against the Midianites in order to raise the sons of Israel from their influences of idol worship and immorality. Afterward you shall die before your peoples." Moses did as God commanded and mounted a war campaign against Midian and slew all the males and kings and also Balaam, son of Beor. The sons of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their children, all their livestock and flocks and all their possessions. They brought all these prisoners and possessions to Moses and Eleazar the priest in front of the community of Israel. Moses was angry with the officers of the army who had returned from the war, saying "So you allowed all the females to live? Lo! These are exactly the ones who, on Balaam's advice, were to cause the sons of Israel to act faithlessly against God in the matter of Baal Peor so that the plague broke out within the community of God. "And now kill every male among the children and every female who has known a man for sexual intercourse. You shall camp outside the camp for seven days, and everyone who has slain a person or touched a slain person must be cleared of sin. All the utensils and garments must also be cleared of sin." Then God said to Moses, "Take up the sum of the booty seized and divide it among the warriors and among the entire community. And you shall levy a tribute for God from the warriors and also give Eleazar the priest an uplifted donation." These tributes are listed specifically, and include animals, virgin females and gold. Now, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad had great wealth in herds of cattle. They saw the land of Yaazer and the land of Gilead and saw it was well-suited for herds. They asked Moses and Eleazar the priest if they could remain there to tend their herds rather than crossing over to the land God had given them. massey - The sons of Reuben and Gad have promised Moses that they will help the other tribes settle the Promised Land before settling across the River Jordan. Moses records the journeys of the sons of Israel from when they were led out of Egypt by Moses and Aaron, from the first month of the fifteenth day, on the morning after the Pesach offering when the sons of Israel went out before the eyes of all the Egyptians. For God had struck them down with the death of the first-born, with judgment upon their gods. God talks to Moses.“Tell the people that when you cross into the land of Canaan, you shall drive out all people who live there and destroy all their symbols, idols and places of worship. I have given this land to you. If you do not drive out the people who live there then those left behind will become like a thorn in your side. They will oppress you as enemies in the land in which you dwell and, it will come to pass that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.” God has Moses tell the Children of Israel about the borders of Canaan and the land each tribe shall receive. Each tribe will give a portion of their possessions, land and animals to the Levites who take care of the Tent of Appointed Meeting with God. God said, “Moses, tell the people that in the promised land of Canaan, you shall make safe cities. These cities of refuge shall be a safe place for people who murder until that person has been judged innocent or guilty. There shall be 6 safe cities, 3 on this side of the Jordan and 3 in Canaan.” Moses tells the people about God’s specific laws about murder. “If one murders out of hatred, the murdered shall be put to death. This murderer may only be punished by death if at least two witnesses can verify the murderer. . No-one may be killed on the words of only a single witness. If a murderer is to die then do so. Never accept a bribe to keep the murderer alive. If a death occurs without hatred or desire to hurt, then the killer will be taken to a safe city. If the killer leaves the safe city then that killer can be killed. This is the law of justice for all time in your land. God says to not turn the Promised Land into a place of sins and lies and injustice. Keep the promised land pure for God is watching the Children of Israel.” After the giving of these laws on murder, the land inheritances of Zelophehad’s daughters are clarified. Since God told Moses that if there are no male inheritors, land inheritance shall pass to the daughters. The tribal members were concerned about the transference of land when the daughters get married. Moses answered, “These daughters must marry someone in the family of their father’s tribe so that no inheritance shall pass from one tribe to another.”
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