As the end of Moses' life approached, God ordained Joshua to be the leader of His people. He also told Moses what the future held for the nation of Israel.
Does God issue any commands in this passage?
- (31:14) God told Moses to call Joshua and meet Him in the tabernacle so that God could commission Joshua for service.
- (31:19-21) God told Moses to write a song to teach the Children of Israel the ways of the LORD so that when they went astray the song would be a witness against them.
- (31:23) God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous.
- (31:26) The completed law was given to the Levites who were commanded to take it and place it inside the Ark of the Covenant.
Does God make any promises?
- (31:23) God promised Joshua that He would be with him to bring the people across the Jordan River.
Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
- Moses, their leader, was about to die after living among them for so long. He was a type of Jesus, the leader who left His followers in order to die.
- Moses spoke of the evil that would happen to his people after his death and in the latter days. Jesus spoke of the evil that would befall His people (the disciples and all who believe) after His death and in the latter days.
- Joshua was then to be the type of Jesus. As leader of the Children of Promise he portrayed Christ, the Holy Man of God who leads us into Promise.
Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
- Moses spoke of evil that will befall the Israelites in the latter days. Since we live in the latter days this prophecy might already be fulfilled or perhaps there is still part of it yet to happen.