Scripture reading for March 1st: Deuteronomy 31-34
I have often told the Lord that I would like to leave this world like Moses, strong and vigorous to the last! I am a person who likes action and wants to be busy doing what God has for me. When my time comes to leave earth, I want to take one last look, and be gone! It would be great to have a successor who would carry on the work. I want to fight one last battle, give one last prophetic word, bless my family and church, and check out!
In Deuteronomy 31, we have the transfer of power and anointing from Moses to Joshua. Joshua had been faithful as a helper to Moses. He was by his side continuously. He went up on the mountain with Moses, at least part way. He was in charge of the Tent of Meeting. He was one of the twelve spies and had a “good report”. Joshua was picked by the Lord to succeed Moses. (Deuteronomy 31:14) Joshua was commissioned by the Lord to lead the people and promised God’s presence. (Deuteronomy 31:23)
God gave Moses a prophetic song that would encourage His people. His song commended the greatness of God, as the Rock of Israel. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) It spelled out again the curses that would result from disobeying the covenant. (Deuteronomy 32:20-26) The song promised compassion and healing for those who returned to the Lord and those that remained faithful. Deuteronomy 32:36-43)
Deuteronomy 33 recorded the prophetic blessings on Israel and the tribes by Moses right before he checked out. These blessing tell of God’s love for His people. (Deuteronomy 33:3-5) There is one that I regularly claim: “Most blessed of sons is Asher: let him bathe his feet in oil. The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.” (Deuteronomy 33:24-25) May that be true of you and me!
Moses ended his journey by climbing Mt. Nebo in Moab and got a bird’s eye view of the promised land. God took him through a panoramic tour, and then took him home. (Deuteronomy 34:1-7) He was strong and vigorous and full of life to the last and he ever lives in God’s presence! Now that’s leaving well!