Scripture Read: Deuteronomy 30 - 31
Title: Joshua Commissioned As Moses' Successor
(H) Highlight verse: "And the LORD said to Moses, 'Behold the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting that I may commission him.'" Deut. 31:14
(E) Explain: Joshua was a one of a kind person. Throughout his life, especially in his younger years, God was preparing him to take over as the leader of the nation of Israel after the death of Moses. He had some big shoes to fill because Moses was an excellent and beloved leader, but God had bigger plans in store for Joshua.
Joshua was unique in many ways, but the area he was most was in his loyalty to God and Moses. In retrospect I see that he is the kind of person that every leader would want to have by their side. He shared a relationship with Moses that none could ever have; which ultimately led to him having the kind of relationship with God that Moses had.
In today's reading we see that he was appointed by God as Moses' successor and he was commissioned by Moses in the presence of the priest Eleazar who would later be his counselor for war. We also read the promise of God to commission Joshua as the one who would lead the people of Israel into the promised land.
(A) Application: In the days to come we will read more about the life and leadership of Joshua. But for today I see Joshua as the kind of person everybody would like to have by his/her side. I am also challenged by this passage because I look at his loyalty to both God and his mentor Moses and I desire to be and to have a Joshua in my life.
(R) Respond: LORD, I pray you bring men into my life who can be a Joshua to me and who I can be a Joshua to. I pray for people to invest my time, energy and trust in so that they in turn can pour their life into other people. This is my heart and this is my calling in life.
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