Day Sixty-Seven, Deuteronomy 31-32
In today’s reading, Moses is drawing even nearer to the end of his life, and Joshua, his aide, is to take over as the leader of Israel. In the presence of al the people, Moses encourages Joshua with these words:
“Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Although Moses has warned the people against disobeying God’s commands, the Lord already knows that His children will be disobedient. So the Lord teaches Moses a song which contrasts the Israelites’ unfaithfulness with the Lord’s faithfulness. Moses is instructed to teach this song to the Israelites, so that they will remember what the Lord has said.