September 5, 2015


Role-playing is an important component in applying what one learns. It probably won’t be difficult for your students to think of examples they’ve seen of controversies similar to the Reubenites’ and Gadites’ altar. Guide them through a consideration of what both parties wanted in the Bible story—the other 10 tribes wanted to be sure that God was not being dishonored, and the two and a half tribes wanted to be sure their geographic separation didn’t cause them to forget what they stood for.

Then help them consider controversy “closer to home,” and the guidelines this story suggests.