Deuteronomy 31:1-29 Deut 31:1-29
3. a. Moses final discourse to Israel before his death—
- When the Lord hands the people over to you, deal with them as I have commanded you.
- Be strong and courageous!
- Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.
- Joshua will lead you across the Jordan.
- The Lord your God himself will personally cross over (the Jordan) ahead of you.
- He will destroy the nations living there.
- You will take possession of their land.
- The Lord will hand over to you the people who live there.
- He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
b. Moses repeated the command to Joshua as he commissioned him for the task.
- Moses reassured Joshua of God’s calling for taking the people into the promised land.
- He also reassured Joshua that God would be with him as He was with him (Moses).
- God will never leave Joshua nor forsake him all the days of his life.
c. Life is full of challenges and opportunities to be anxious or afraid.
I need frequent reminders of God’s promises. Thankfully, He made sure we have them in writing—
- Be content—…be satisfied with your present circumstances and what you have; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. Hebrews 13:5 AMP
- Gift of peace—Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 NLT
- Cast my cares—Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
- I can do all things—I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13 AMP
4. a. Moses’ instructions about the book of laws he wrote down for the Israelites—
- Assemble all the men, women, children and foreigners who are living among them at the end of every seventh year at the Festival of Shelters.
- Read the book of instructions (Deuteronomy) to the people.
- Place the book beside the Ark of the Covenant as witness against the people.
b. Moses’ prophecy of an increase in rebellion and stubbornness after his death—
Reverse psychology is the first thought that came to my mind. It works on me.
Perhaps, in future generations when the people “come to themselves” as did the prodigal son who found himself starving and destitute tending pigs, the people will throw themselves on the mercy of their Heavenly Father.
Interestingly, the Apostle Paul said something similar in Acts 20:29-30 AMP—
I know that after I am gone, ferocious wolves will get in among you, not sparing the flock;
Even from among your own selves men will come to the front who, by saying perverse (distorted and corrupt) things, will endeavor to draw away the disciples after them [to their own party].