Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Deuteronomy 34:9-12 (NIV)
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses. Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Deuteronomy 34:9-12 (MSG)
Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. The People of Israel listened obediently to him and did the same as when God had commanded Moses. No prophet has risen since in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face-to-face. Never since has there been anything like the signs and miracle-wonders that God sent him to do in Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land—nothing to compare with that all-powerful hand of his and all the great and terrible things Moses did as every eye in Israel watched.
“Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the Lord commanded Moses. Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, [none equal to him] in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, and in all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” -AMPLIFIED
It is believed that Joshua wrote this final chapter of Deuteronomy. We know that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, but there is no way that he could have written this final chapter to record his own death or write his own eulogy. Joshua, as Moses’ right hand man would have been the fitting person to finish out the story of Moses’ life and write the closing words of the book of Deuteronomy.
Verse 9 reminds us that it was Joshua who had been chosen and commissioned to be Moses’ replacement. Joshua was the established authority; hand-picked by God. “Now Joshua (Nun’s son) was filled with a spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on this successor. The children of Israel obeyed Joshua, and they did what the Eternal had commanded Moses.” -Deuteronomy 34:9 (VOICE)
Joshua became Moses’ successor, not because of his great works, good history or because the people chosen him, but because God had chosen him. “God said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun—the Spirit is in him!—and place your hand on him. Stand him before Eleazar the priest in front of the entire congregation and commission him with everyone watching. Pass your magisterial authority over to him so that the whole congregation of the People of Israel will listen obediently to him. He is to consult with Eleazar the priest who, using the oracle-Urim, will prayerfully advise him in the presence of God. He will command the People of Israel, the entire community, in all their comings and goings.” -Numbers 27:18-21 (MSG)
Take note of the fact that Joshua was filled with a spirit of wisdom because of the laying on of hands by Moses. This would be much like the passing on of the mantle between Elijah and Elisha.
Let us note the glowing tribute that Joshua gave to his mentor in the closing words of Deuteronomy. “Since then there’s never been another prophet in Israel like Moses. The Eternal knew him face-to-face! No one has ever done anything like the amazing things the Eternal sent Moses to do in the land of Egypt to demonstrate His reality and power to Pharaoh and his servants and his whole country. And no one has shown such great power or done such terrifying things as everyone in Israel saw Moses do.” -Deuteronomy 34:10-12 (VOICE)
The writer of Hebrews also gives a glowing tribute to Moses and in fact, compares Jesus, our Savior, to him. “So all of you who are holy partners in a heavenly calling, let’s turn our attention to Jesus, the Emissary of God and High Priest, who brought us the faith we profess; and compare Him to Moses, who also brought words from God. Both of them were faithful to their missions, to the One who called them. But we value Jesus more than Moses, in the same way that we value a builder more than the house he builds. Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Moses brought healing and redemption to his people as a faithful servant in God’s house, and he was a witness to the things that would be spoken later. But Jesus the Anointed was faithful as a Son of that house. (We become that house, if we’re able to hold on to the confident hope we have in God until the end.)” -Hebrews 3:1-6 (VOICE)
Moses is a great example for us of what a life sold out to God 100% can do. He humbly sought to obediently do whatever God asked of him and God allowed him to be honored because of this.
And so ends the book of Deuteronomy and the Pentateuch.
Lord, I too want to be used by you. Moses has left a good example of how I can effectively be used by you. I want to bring healing and redemption to people.I want to bring glory and honor to your name. I also want to be known as a faithful servant to the Most High. Help me to also be used mightily by you. Please, Lord, help me to be a testimony to the mighty works of God Almighty. I humbly submit to your will for me in my life.