The Preparation of the Farewell of Moses

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 1 and 2.
Moses had been at the front of Israel for forty years. It had to end sometime, for no leader ever stays with us forever, except the Lord. Moses was a unique man. No one else ever did what he did. Therefore, his farewell was special. We know the location and timing of the farewell. Deuteronomy begins like this,
“These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them, after he had killed Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt at Ashtaroth in Edrei” (Deuteronomy 1:1-4). While Moses was unique he only did what the Lord told him to do. The last half of verse 3 said, “Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them” (v. 3). In that sense his job was not hard. In the same sense our job as Christians is not hard. Just do and say what the Lord commands.
Can you do that? Make a point of it today.

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