Keeping DEATH as a REALITY in our daily living
March 3 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 31-34
As we come to the closing chapters of Deuteronomy, God clarifies what will happen to Moses now: Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, the days approach when you must die; call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of meeting, that I may inaugurate him" (Deut 31:14). Moses was to “rest with his fathers” in a short time (v. 16a). However, there were certain things that Moses was to accomplish on earth before he died:
- Moses had to write down the law and deliver it to the priests so that they will safeguard it in the Ark of the Covenant. This law was to be read to the Israelites once in every seven years at the Feast of the Tabernacles (Deut 31:9-13)
- Moses was to hand over the leadership to Joshua and inaugurate him in the sight of the Israelites (Deut 31:7-8, 14)
- Moses was to write down a song and teach it to the children of Israel so that this song would be a witness for God against the children of Israel. “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel” (Deut 31:19). This ‘Song of Moses’ is recorded for our benefit in Deut 32:1-43.
- Moses had to give his final blessings to the children of Israel according to their tribes, which is recorded in Deut 33:1-29.
- Finally, Moses had to view the land of Israel from a distance standing on top of Mount Nebo and see for himself The Promised Land that he had lead the Israelites the past forty years to inherit (Deut 32:48-52; 34:1-5).