February 24, 2006
Read Numbers 26
Second numbering (census) of the Israelites; law of inheritance; Joshua to succeed Moses
Almost 40 years had passed since the exodus of the Israelites from
Another major event was to take place before the Israelites could enter the promised land. The LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this
Despite his rebuke and his great disappointment in not being allowed to enter the promised land, Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge (commission) (27:22-23). And, without hesitation, he stepped down from leadership and announced that his helper, Joshua, would become his successor to lead the Lord's people. Moses blessed Joshua and laid his hands upon him, symbolically transferring his leadership, which God had given to him.
God has said that Moses was the meekest man on earth (12:3). One test of meekness is our willingness to yield our prominent position to another. As a follower of Christ, we are taught: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory (conceit); but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Philippians 2:3).
26:2 sum = census; 26:61 strange = unauthorized; 27:4 done away from among his family = withdrawn; lost to his family; 27:19 give him a charge = commission him as your successor.
By the man (Joshua) who would lead the people like a shepherd (Numbers 27:17). Jesus said: I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11).
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:19