Day Forty-Five, Num. 27, 32, Deut. 4, Num. 33, Deut. 25, Num. 34-35
Yeah, I know, the scripture references for today seem rather piecey...as do my thoughts on today's reading. Several different things cross my mind...
I love the fact that although Moses must have been broken-hearted that he would not be allowed to lead the Israelites into their promised land, he had the humility to think more of his people than of himself, as he asked the Lord to appoint a leader over them to take his place, "so that the Lord's people will not be like sheep without a shepherd." I love that as a leader, Moses cared about his people the way the Lord does. For when Jesus walked this earth and saw the crowds of people coming to Him, "He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
Joshua, who had been Moses' aide, and in whom was the Spirit, was chosen as a successor to lead Israel. Important to note here that our leaders should be people who are led by the Spirit.
In this reading, the Israelites are preparing to cross over the Jordan and conquer the land there. There is a request made for a couple of tribes to stay east of the Jordan, and some confusion there by Moses on behalf of their request, but they get that all settled, and so it's just refreshing to see these people, who 40 years ago said, "No, we can't," making preparations to go!
There is a short paragraph in Deuteronomy, only three verses that seem largely insignificant, but to me they have significance now because I am nearing the end of Beth Moore's study on Esther. Esther is a long way from where we are now, with the Israelites in the desert, but at the beginning of Beth's Esther study, she points to this passage:
"Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land He is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!"
This passage seems somewhat important to me now, because it seems that the Israelites DID forget; they did not completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Because of that, years down the road, they face possible annihilation, brought on by an Amalekite.
That still may not have much significance for the average reader, but for this student of the Word, I love being able to see the bigger picture that He's painting. When one passage/event is able to connect and make sense with another seemingly-unrelated passage/event, I start to understand a little bit more of that picture, and can seem to remember things better. That's just how I learn.
Thanks for reading.