Living With The Consequences

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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)

"When we took possession of this land at that time, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory beginning at Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead with its cities. The rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, that is, all the region of Argob, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (All that portion of Bashan is called the land of Rephaim. Jair the Manassite took all the region of Argob, that is, Bashan, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called the villages after his own name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.) To Machir I gave Gilead, and to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave the territory from Gilead as far as the Valley of the Arnon, with the middle of the valley as a border, as far over as the river Jabbok, the border of the Ammonites; the Arabah also, with the Jordan as the border, from Chinnereth as far as the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah on the east. "And I commanded you at that time, saying, 'The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. All your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel. Only your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in the cities that I have given you, until the LORD gives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also occupy the land that the LORD your God gives them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.' And I commanded Joshua at that time, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.' "And I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, 'O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.' But the LORD was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the LORD said to me, 'Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.' So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor."

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