The First Battle
Numbers 31 and 32 talk a little about the battle of the Israelites against the Midianites before entering the land. One thousand of the people from each tribe went to war and the Midianites were completely vanquished. The booty from this battle was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle and 61,000 donkeys. Half of the booty went to the warriors and half went to the people. This was by God’s decree.
Chapter 32 starts off with the tribes of Reuben and Gad, who had great numbers of livestock, wanting the settle the land of the Midianites who the Israelites had just conquered, for their inheritance because it was a land suitable for livestock. I point this out because of yesterday’s post about the Israelites having much livestock in the desert for 40 years and God sustaining them. This battle in Numbers is the first known battle and yet they had much livestock.
Again, the People spending 40 years in the desert and maintaining their flocks and herds was at least as big a miracle as all of the other miracles.