All About Gad 2

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Israel was God’s name for Jacob. The Phrase “children of Israel” is a way of referring to Jacob’s descendants.
Today we are going to be looking at one of the tribe that came from Israels descendants
We are looking at Gad

Joshua 13:24-28

Joshua 13:24–28 LEB
24 Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, to the descendants of Gad, according to their families. 25 Their territory was Jazer and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the Ammonites up to Aroer, which is east of Rabbah; 26 and from Heshbon up to Ramah-Mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim up to the territory to Debir; 27 in the valley of Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Succoth, Zaphon, and the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, the Jordan and its banks, up to the lower end of the Kinnereth Sea beyond the Jordan to the east. 28 This is the inheritance of the Gadites according to their families, the cities, and their villages.

The Man

In order to Biblically understand the importance of the book of Gad. We Have to begin looking at the man, Gad. This is who the tribe comes from.


The meaning of the name “Gad” is unclear. It derives from the Hebrew word meaning “to cut off.” However, Genesis 30:11 states that Leah named her son “Gad” because she had experienced “good fortune” with his birth. Ancient Aramaic, Syria, and Arabic texts indicate there was a deity of good fortune named “Gad” (see Isa 65:11).

Jacob’s son Gad was one of three children born in Paddan Aram to Jacob’s first wife’s maidservant, Zilpah (Genesis 35:26).
Genesis 49:19
Genesis 49:19 LEB
19 Bandits shall attack Gad, but he shall attack their heels.
When Jacob blessed his 12 sons, he said, “Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels” (Genesis 49:19).
Deuteronomy 33:20–21 LEB
20 And of Gad he said, “Blessed be the one who enlarges Gad; like a lion he dwells, and he tears an arm as well as a scalp. 21 And he selected the best part for himself, for there the portion of a ruler is included, and he came with the heads of the people; he did the righteousness of Yahweh, and his regulations for Israel.”
Later, Moses blessed the tribe of Gad, saying, "Blessed is he who enlarges Gad's domain! Gad lives there like a lion, tearing at arm or head. He chose the best land for himself; the leader's portion was kept for him. When the heads of the people assembled, he carried out the LORD's righteous will, and his judgments concerning Israel" (Deuteronomy 33:20-21).
The Lexham Bible Dictionary Patriarchal Period through the Wilderness Wandering

• In Moses’ final blessing on the Israelites, he expresses the hope that Gad would be enlarged and describes the tribe as a lion that “tears at arm and scalp” (Deut 33:20). He predicts a “commander’s allotment” would ultimately be reserved for the tribe, and that the tribe would take a leading role among the Israelites (Deut 33:21).

The Tribe

During the conquest of the Promised Land, Joshua gave Gad the best of the new land because they obeyed God and punished Israel’s wicked enemies (Deuteronomy 32:20-21)
Gad was one of the tribes especially dedicated in the fight to conquer the land as God commanded
The Tribe was one of the three to fight for and be awarded lands east of the Jordan river
Gad’s land is sometimes called the Gateway to the Promised Land
The Gadites fought valiantly for this land but did not stop there. They crossed the Jordan with the other tribes and assisted them in following God’s order to take the inheritance He provided.
Gad could have stopped fighting once they had received their own dwelling place, but they did not: “We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his inheritance” (Numbers 32:18).

Our Lesson

This brings us to the lesson we have to learn from this tribe

Stay Focused on the Bigger picture

The tribe could have stopped but pushed on in battle with the Lord. Why because this tribe made a promise to look out for the bigger picture. To look out for the tribe as a whole.
The tribe demonstrated how we should not focus simply on our own needs and desires, but commit to the larger picture and promise that is God’s plan for us. Gad was obedient to God: “We your servants will do as our Lord commands” (Numbers 32:25b).
We too should take lessons from this tribe. We can’t just focus on our selves. Which is what we tend to do. We like to look at ourselves We like to ask all those questions like what am I getting out of this. Why did God do this to me. Like the world rotates directly around us. and the reality is that It doesn’t
But we are all tempted to think this way. But Gad is a good example that though we do need to set our boundaries so that we can stay healthy
Our focus needs to be on something bigger.

Even with our differences

As we talk about focusing on something bigger we must remain true. We focus on The God that we serve, bigger than any other.
as we look at this tribe We are reminded that differences in how we choose to honor God may result in misunderstanding, discord and strife, even among believers.
After the tribes had settled into their lands, they were shocked to hear that Gad had built an altar in its territory across the Jordan.
The other tribes took the altar to be a sign that the Gadites were breaking from the worship of God in Shiloh, and plans were made to attack Gad for its transgression.
Prior to battle, however, a delegation went to Gad to learn more about its action and rebuke the tribe for its sin.
The emissaries discovered that Gad had constructed the altar to honor God and to prevent the Jordan River, a significant geographical divide between Gad and the majority of the other tribes, from spiritually dividing God’s people (Joshua 22:10-34). “And the Reubenites and Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us that the LORD is God” (Joshua 22:34). War was averted
Sometimes we need to realize that we are all different and being in relationship with each other conflict will happen. To pretend it wont is to lie.
It is how we deal with it that matters. Not with anger, with threats, with text that never end. snipes on FB.
We focus on what is bigger that of the Trinity

Next Steps

How can you focus on what is Bigger today. putting what is selfish away. Not saying go out and be unhealthy
but how can you focus on the bigger
Maybe you are in the argument. Things that have been said
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