Highlights In Today's Reading:
Following one failure after another, the nation regroups and preparation of the new generation to enter the promised land begins. Much can be learned by us from the events disclosed in today's reading. A generation was lost — ALL the adults except Caleb and Joshua. Moses prepares to die and Joshua becomes the new commander-in-chief.
Why must Moses die before entering the promised land? Certainly it was not because he had grown physically or mentally feeble. His eye was not dim nor his natural force abated (Deuteronomy 3:24). Moses prayed that he could go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan (3:25). The Lord said unto Moses, Get thee up to this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people. . . . For ye rebelled against My Commandment . . . to sanctify Me at the water before their eyes (Numbers 27:12-14).
Although his prayer was rejected, the meekness in Moses is revealed when he does not complain.
Regardless of how influential, God cannot permit a chosen one to live above the Law for his own pleasure. The believer was bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's (I Corinthians 6:20). Therefore personal abilities, and possessions can no longer be regarded as our own.
We need to recognize that since we are set apart to magnify the Lord, we must live righteously before an unholy world as one who has been saved from eternal hell. Be not deceived: neither fornicators . . . nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous . . . nor revilers . . . nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified (6:9-11). Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (10:31). Our brief life on earth is a time to seek . . . first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
By faith Moses . . . . (chose) to suffer affliction with the people of God, (rather) than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:24-25).
Thought for Today:
Disobeying God's Word brought tragic results in the past and still carries serious consequences.
By the man (Joshua) who would lead the people like a shepherd (Numbers 27:17). Jesus said: I am the Good Shepherd. . . . My sheep . . . follow Me (John 10:11,27).
26:2 the sum = census; 26:9 strove against =rebelled against; 26:61 strange =unauthorized; 27:13 shall be gathered to =brought to former loved ones; 27:14 sanctify Me =loving obedience and submission; 27:18 lay thine hand =transfer authority; 27:19 give him a charge =commission him as your successor.
Pray for The Arabic, English, and Spanish International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts for the week sponsored by Mrs. Joyce Price • Government Official: Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT) • Country: Denmark (5 million) in northern Europe • Major languages: Danish and Faroese • Religious freedom • 92% Protestant; 1% Muslim; .5% Roman Catholic; .5% cults; .1% Jewish • Prayer Suggestion: Seek the Lord when in despair; He is your deliverer (Jonah 2:5-6).
Optional Reading: Luke 11
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 119:6