God, Moses, God

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites.  After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people…” Numbers 27:12.

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community….’”  Numbers 27:15.

“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.’” Numbers 27:18.

What a remarkable sequence.

Moses is told that he will not be going into the Promised Land.  He will get to see it and then will die.

How does Moses react?  Wouldn’t it have been a good time to plead for mercy?  How about a time to blame those who had gotten him in trouble with God?  Moses does none of that.  His interest, instead, is in getting God to take care of the Israelites. Those troublesome Israelites, mind you!

God immediately has the answer Moses needs to hear: Joshua should be blessed, by Moses, and given authority to do some of the things Moses has been doing.  There will be a God-appointed, smooth leadership transition.

What a great example of God overseeing the details!

What a great example of a person accepting what God had for him and later knowing to ask rightly for the care of others.  What a God!  What a story!

“Lord, I thank You for Your Word.  The amazing stories are filled with teaching moments.  Things I need to know.  Things I need to avoid.  Help me to trust You in everything.  Help me to be so filled with You that I am filled with concern for others ahead of myself.  I love You, Father.”

God knows what He’s doing.  We must abide in Him and become like Him.

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