Living With The Consequences

As a professional animal trainer, I was disturbed when my own dog developed a bad habit. Every time I hung my wash out on the clothesline, she would yank it down. Drastic action was called for. I put a white kitchen towel on the line and waited. Each time she pulled it off, … More


In the last half of this chapter Moses reviews the distribution of this conquered land (vv. 12-29). The kingdom of Og was given to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh which chose to stay on the east side of the Jordan River (vv. 12-13). Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, took control of the area of Argob (v. 14), Gilead was given to Makir (v. 15). The Reubenites took charge of the land between Gilead and the Ammonite border (v. 16). The border on the west was from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea (v. 17). The time for the Conquest of Canaan was near (v.v. 18-20). God reminds Moses of his responsibility to prepare Joshua for leadership. Moses reminds the people that their being comfortably settled in their new homes does not free them from their responsibility of helping other tribes. God had made it clear that Moses would not enter the Promised Land (Num. 20:12). So God told Moses to commission Joshua as the new leader and encourage him in this new role. He challenges Joshua not to fear and put his trust in God who will fight for him (vv. 21-22).

Moses had been told by God that he would not be allowed to enter the promised land but he once more asks God if He will please allow him to enter the land (vv. 23-25). God seems to be a bit disturbed over Moses pleading and in essence says, “That’s enough, Moses. I don’t want to hear any more about it. (v. 26).” Climb to the top of Mount Pisgah and take a good look because you are not going to cross the Jordan River (v. 27). Joshua will lead Israel across the Jordan and take the land (v. 28). They will stay in the valley at Beth-Peor (v. 29).


Good leaders prepare new people to take over their leadership roles. They do this by providing the training they need and looking for ways to encourage them. I have had a great example of this in Word of Life with Jack Wyrtzen, Harry Bollback, George Theis, Joe Jordan and Don Lough.

Deuteronomy 3:12-29 (English Standard Version)

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