The Lord Went With Israel, Not Moses

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 31 and 32.
The time for the death of Moses had arrived. It was also time for him to go to Israel and to speak his last words to them (Deuteronomy 31:1). First, he told them of his age and that he would not go over the Jordan, “And he said to them: ‘I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the LORD has said to me, “You shall not cross over this Jordan”‘” (v. 2). That might have distressed the Israelites, knowing that their leader of forty years would not lead them on the next part of the journey. Therefore, Moses assured them, “The LORD your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the LORD has said” (v. 3). The Lord would give Israel a new human leader, whom they all knew, but ultimately the Lord Himself was the One who led Israel through the wilderness and He would be the One to cross over the Jordan with them. Once they arrived and He gave those Canaanite nations into their hands, the Israelites would then have to do as the Lord commanded them and wipe them out (vv. 4, 5).
Uneasiness fills our hearts when our favorite preacher leaves our congregation or when our national leader leaves office or a new boss comes in and so on. However, remember that if you follow the Lord Jesus Christ, He has been leading you all the time and He will continue to do so, and no one shall replace Him, because He does not quit or retire. He does not die, nor is He subject to vote. Remember that Jesus is Lord.

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