After the Midianites were defeated, the tribes of Gad and Reuben noticed that the land on this side of the Jordan River was perfect for raising livestock. Well, since they were mostly shepherds, they went and asked Moses if they could have the land as their inheritance. Now at first Moses is concerned about this because he is afraid they are just afraid to go fight for the Promised Land, just like their ancestors. But the leaders assure Moses that this is not the case, that they just really like this land. They make a promise that if the other tribes will allow them time to build cities and protection for their families, then they will indeed go with them. Moses agrees to this but gives them a strong warning that if they do not keep their promise then that is a sin against the Lord and their sin will find them. The men of Gad and Reuben agree to this and they, as well as half the tribe of Manasseh, begin building homes for their families.
Making a promise is a serious thing. If you don’t keep it them you basically lied to the person you promised. You should never make a promise you have no plans to keep. That is lying and is a sin!! We should do our best to keep our promises. It better not to promise if we are unsure we can do something. It is much better to tell someone the truth and say you might do it than to promise and then disappoint them. God calls that sin!!
Come up with 3 silly things you promise to do, like hop on 1 foot 12 times, spin in 4 circles and clap 6 times. Then do them. Have your child make 3 silly promises and do them. Then talk about how some promises are easy to keep, but others are hard and we should think before making promises. Give examples if you can!!