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Moses Blesses the Tribes

“Moses’ last recorded words are optimistic blessings for each of the tribes of Israel as they prepare to take over the land which was promised to their forefathers.  Although the exact interpretation of each blessing is sometimes obscure, it is clear that Moses is caught up in the excitement of pending conquests and uses the occasion for giving encouragement and hope.

Prior to giving these blessings, Moses is told that he is to go up on a mountain to view the land of Canaan and then die soon thereafter.”

Read Numbers 27:12-14/Deuteronomy 32:48-52 and Deuteronomy 33

Moses’ Death and Burial

“Moses prepares to ascend Mount Nebo for a long-awaited view of the promised land.  It must be with mixed emotions that he climbs that last step and looks down over ‘the land flowing with milk and honey.’  The long journey has been worth it, and the God who has promised it all is indeed faithful.  While Moses has every confidence that God can deliver the land, he knows that territorial conquest is nothing compared to the struggle which the Israelites will face in trying to maintain their covenant relationship with God.”

Read Deuteronomy 34

“So ends the life of the greatest man of God since Abraham.  As Abraham had taught a family about faith, Moses had taught a nation about law and in centuries to come, One greater than them both will teach the whole world about love and grace.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Joshua Named as Successor

“Aware that his death is imminent, Moses is quite naturally concerned about the future leadership of Israel and asks for God’s guidance in the selection of his replacement.  It must be gratifying for Moses to learn that God has chosen Joshua, who has been Moses’ faithful protégé for over 40 years.”

Read Numbers 27:15-23

Two-and-a-Half Tribes East of Jordan

“Moses is approached by the men of Gad and Reuben, who have decided that they prefer to settle east of the Jordan River.  Moses is at first skeptical, thinking that perhaps the men are making the request in order to avoid fighting for Canaan.  When assured that the men will help conquer the promised land, Moses agrees to their request.”

Numbers 32 and Deuteronomy 4:41-43

Preparations for Conquest and Settlement

“God warns the Israelites in advance that when they enter Canaan they must drive out all of its inhabitants and completely destroy the idolatry rampant in the land.  (Needless to say in light of their past experience, the Israelites will not wholly comply with God’s directive and will therefore fall repeatedly into religious apostasy.)

The land which God has for centuries promised to give to his people is the land of Canaan, the borders of which God carefully delineates.”

Numbers 33:50-56, Deuteronomy 25:17-19, Numbers 34 and Numbers 35:1-8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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