Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | March 5, 2009

Deuteronomy 3:18-29

• Encouragement to Possess the Promised Land | Deuteronomy 3:18-29

3:18-22 | These verses recount the specific conditions to be met by the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh in order to receive their desired allotment of land east of the Jordan. These tribes were required to assist their fellow Israelites in the conquest west of the Jordan. By so doing they would fulfill their obligation to the Lord and to Israel (Numbers 32:22) and be free to return to their homes east of the Jordan. The tribes agreed to the terms. Read the parallel account in Numbers 32 for more details. Moses also encouraged Joshua, the soon-to-be new leader of the Israelites, to boldly lead the people in the conquest of Canaan (3:21-22).

3:23-29 | Moses earnestly pleaded with God for permission to cross the Jordan (3:23-25), but his request was denied (3:26). God instructed him to go to the top of Mount Pisgah (also called Nebo) to see the land (3:27) and to charge, encourage, and strengthen Joshua with the responsibility of leading the people into the Promised Land.

Obey God. | The book of Deuteronomy admonishes us to be totally obedient to God. The Bible does not hide or mask the stories of its great men who paid the consequences for their disobedience — Adam was driven out of the garden; Moses was not allowed entrance into Canaan; Saul was deprived of his kingdom. If God will hold His chosen leaders accountable for their disobedience, He will hold us accountable as well. We should obey God, regardless of pressure to do otherwise.

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