Week of June 8: Numbers 27:12-23 (Joshua to Succeed Moses)
If you were Moses, how do you think you would have reacted to God’s words in verses 12-14?
What does Moses’ response in verses 16-17 say about him?
What would Moses’ successor most need to be successful?
How had Joshua shown his faithfulness to God and to Moses in previous stories that we’ve read?
What would commissioning Joshua before Moses died do for Joshua? For the people?
12One day the lord said to Moses, “Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel.13After you have seen it, you will die like your brother, Aaron,14for you both rebelled against my instructions in the wilderness of Zin. When the people of Israel rebelled, you failed to demonstrate my holiness to them at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)15Then Moses said to the lord,16“O lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community.17Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”18The lord replied, “Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him.19Present him to Eleazar the priest before the whole community, and publicly commission him to lead the people.20Transfer some of your authority to him so the whole community of Israel will obey him.21When direction from the lord is needed, Joshua will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will use the Urim—one of the sacred lots cast before the lord—to determine his will. This is how Joshua and the rest of the community of Israel will determine everything they should do.”22So Moses did as the lord commanded. He presented Joshua to Eleazar the priest and the whole community.23Moses laid his hands on him and commissioned him to lead the people, just as the lord had commanded through Moses.