I’ve moved out of Moses’ life and into Joshua’s this week. I started with the death of Moses. Yes, I still feel bad that he didn’t get to go to the promised land. I know, he disobeyed God in front of all the Israelites, but my human mind likes to start justifying what he did. However, his death leads to one of the highlights of this weeks reading, for me anyway. The Lord buried Moses. I think that says something about how God felt about Moses. He Himself buried Moses. I also find it interesting to note that nobody knew where Moses was buried. I think that if God had let them know this, somebody would have been tempted to find Moses’ bones, travel with them (like Joseph’s) and perhaps, in time, begin to worship Moses instead of God. Also, at 120 years old, Moses’ eyes were not weak or his strength gone. God kept Moses healthy for the whole duration of his time on earth.
The rest of the readings this week were on the conquest and destruction of Canaan–Jericho, Ai, and the others, and then the dividing up of the land among the tribes.
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