Only Moses, Caleb, and Joshua remain of the old generation; and in today's reading Moses gives his final words to the people. He explains that he would not be able to lead them any longer, because of God's judgment. He knew he would not enter Canaan; yet he did everything possible to enable Israel to enter! Of course, Moses was faithful for the Lord, and this is why he was so faithful to Israel. Moses gave the people the wonderful promise of God's victorious presence in chapter 31:6, and to Joshua in verse 8 of the same chapter.
In these final chapters of the Book of Deuteronomy, we see a new leader (chapter 31), a new song (chapter 32), a new blessing (chapter 33), and a new home (chapter 34).
Moses was the greatest of Israel's prophets. Chapter 34:10 says, "And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face." Moses had a special homegoing, and he was honored by being the only man the Lord buried.
The people of Israel are now ready to enter and claim the land. This will be our basic study in the Book of Joshua.
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