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Who is Your Moses?

Numbers 27:15-23 (NIV), “Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.”

Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord instructed through Moses.

Prior to this, God had just informed Moses that after he sees the land God promised the Israelites, he will die. Because Moses failed to exhibit God’s holiness in the wilderness of Zin, he will not lead the Israelites to the promise land. As their leader, Moses knew that if he can’t lead the people, someone else would have to do it. For this to occur, Moses recognized that a successor had to be appointed. This successor had to be someone who’s capable of leading the Israelites in battle and especially capable of caring for their needs.

Moses did not want to depart without ensuring a replacement was ready to succeed him. He sought God’s guidance regarding a replacement and God responded by appointing Joshua. Moses worked with Joshua to prepare him for his new role and told the people Joshua had the authority and skills necessary to lead the nation. For Joshua, this was the early stages of his leadership development having firsthand experience of what it’s like to lead God’s people. Upon Moses’ death, Joshua assumed the leadership role and with his military prowess, heightened by God’s guidance, Joshua was able to successfully usher the Israelites to the Promised Land. 

Joshua was fortunate to have Moses in his life.  Under Moses’ tutelage, Joshua had someone to prepare, guide, support, and show him the ropes. Just as Moses sought God’s direction with challenges, Joshua learned to do the same. Joshua’s life was patterned after Moses which clearly had an effect on him. 

Brethren, how important is God to those you want to be like? A person who’s committed to God is the best model for us. 

I pray that God will send you a Moses and you will be a good Joshua.

In Jesus Name


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