There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
The LORD had appeared to Joshua and told Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead” and then immediately begins to prophesy to Joshua that Joshua will be successful and that he, Joshua, would divide the Promised Land to Israel. The LORD also tells Joshua to be strong and of a good courage which means that Joshua is going to face opposition and some battles in doing what he has been told to do.
Moses was an awesome man of God and according to Exodus 12 he lead “about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children” out of Egypt in the Great Exodus. Yet Moses was a human being and certainly not without issues as a man. Moses had killed an Egyptian and hid him in the sand. He had married outside his own people and many scholars assert that Moses’ wife was a black woman and so those things would have caused an uproar in the society of that day. Although marrying who you wish is completely acceptable in today’s world, it would have been a huge issue in the setting of these scriptures.
Moses also had an anger issue as he demonstrated when he came down from receiving the commandments and discovered the Israelites had made a golden calf and were partying and dancing. He immediately cast the tables of stone to the ground and break them out of anger.
Although Moses had not been allowed to enter the Promised Land and had died short of that, he was still an awesome leader and servant of God. How else would you govern that many people for 40 years wandering through a wilderness without being an awesome leader?
Even though Moses made mistakes at times, you never hear Joshua speak negatively to the Israelites about their former leader. Joshua was Moses’ servant and if anyone would have seen Moses’ shortcomings it would have been Joshua. Nevertheless out of respect for the LORD’s choice of whom to lead Israel, Joshua never scorns or ridicules Moses. Therefore Joshua is qualified to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land and divide their inheritance to them.
To successfully lead someone into their inheritance and the discovery of their purpose on earth we do not have to scorn nor tear down and destroy the image of those before us. All we must do is simply love them for whoever they are, where ever they came from and accept whatever or whoever led them to where they are. Positive reinforcement and hope for the future will lead them much farther than negative reinforcement of the past and hopelessness ever will.
Let us praise the Lord of heaven for the example He has given us in Moses and Joshua.