Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt’s bondage towards the entrance of the promised land (the inheritance). He received, from God, clear instructions on how to divide this land amongst the tribes of Israel. Just before he died, he passed these detailed instructions to Joshua. These were written down for the Israelites to see and read.
Some of the tribes (Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh) had their share just before River Jordan/East of Jordan whilst the other tribes had theirs after it. For the latter to get to their portion, they needed to cross the river, conquer Jericho, Ai, Southern and Northern Armies and others nations. However the former were charged, according to Moses, to lead the latter in crossing over the river, help them in battles and stay with them until they all get possession of their share of land. Only then, can they go back to theirs (East of Jordan). These tribes replied by saying,”whatever you ask us to do, we will do. We obeyed Moses, we will obey you, Joshua.” That is such a lovely attitude.
I contrast this to Cain’s response when God asked him where his brother Abel was. He said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In other words, the tribes above could have said, “Need we care?; What if we were conquered at the battles, we won’t be able to possess our own share; We can’t possibly leave our wives and children alone and for that reason, we are out; We have had our share of the struggle, now is our time to enjoy. There is time for everything; This is a set up, why should we be the ones to lead?; etc”
Do you take interest in the welfare of your cell units members, department members, church members, that elderly grey haired woman who comes to church and seats at the middle row, that elderly man who sneezes every now and again on Sunday’s, that teenager you have an odd feeling about, a mother you notice looking stressed every now and again, the unemployed?