Thoughts & Ideas
The tribes of Reuven and Gad approached Moshe with a request to settle in the lands on the eastern side of the River Jordan. Initially Moshe objected, accusing Reuven and Gad of betraying their fellow Israelites during their time of need as they were soon to conquer the promised land. Reuven and Gad replied by saying that they would first build pens for their livestock and then cities for their children, after which their men would help the rest of the people to conquer Israel before returning to their land east of the River Jordan. Moshe agreed with one slight change. He instructs the leaders of Reuven and Gad to first build cities for their children and then pens for their flock.