The Last Words for the People Deuteronomy 31-34
Deuteronomy 31:1-6 Words from Moses to Israel-a charge to follow Joshua
Moses is 120 years old. He encourages the people by telling them that God will lead them into the Promised Land. He also identifies Joshua as their new leader.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 Words from Moses to Joshua-a charge to follow the LORD
For Joshua, the task to lead this people could seem daunting. He had seen them turn against Moses time and again. But here, Moses gives him a promise that God will be with him as he leads and that He will not fail.
Deuteronomy 31:9-13 Words from Moses to the Priests-a charge to teach the Law
Moses gives directions to the priests. Every 7 years (at the Feast of the Booths) they are to gather together and read the Law.
Deuteronomy 31:14-18 Words from God to Moses-about his upcoming death
God tells Moses and Joshua to come to the tent of meeting so that Joshua can be commissioned. God warns that the people will not stay faithful, but will worship other gods...and what will happen.
Deuteronomy 31:19-22 Words from God to Moses and Joshua-a charge to write a song
God tells Moses to write down a song that He will give him that will remind the people of the covenant they have made...and when they have rebelled against God it will be a testimony against them, a reminder for why they are suffering.
Deuteronomy 31:23 Words from Moses to Joshua-a commissioning to lead
Deuteronomy 31:24-29 Words from Moses to the Levites-to protect the book of the law
Moses tells the Levites to put the book of the law into the ark of the covenant to keep it safe. He tells them that he knows that the people will not be faithful to the Lord. If they weren’t faithful while Moses was alive…then he knows they will not be so when he is dead and gone.
Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47 Words of Warning from God to the Nation-the song
The Song of Moses. It briefly describes the history of Israel, then details how they will fall away from God and what His judgment will be. They are severely warned to not take His commands lightly.
Deuteronomy 32:48-52 Words of God to Moses-to go view the Promised Land
God tells Moses to go to Mt. Nebo so that he can look at the Promised Land...he will not enter because "you broke faith with Me...you did not treat Me as holy"...there he will die.
Prayer: Lord, Moses was a great man. A man who saw You work in amazing ways. A man who had faith in You when others failed to do so. And yet, he “broke faith” with You. Father, if Moses needed Your help to be faithful…how much more do I. Please help me, Lord. I want to be a man of faith…who trusts in You with every fiber of my being. But I am a frail creature of dust…and prone to trust in myself. Help me, Lord. Strengthen my faith. Keep me strong in You. Let me be Your man, oh, Lord.