These two chapters set out instructions on what to do about inheritance issues when a man has no children or if he has only daughters.
The Lord told Moses that he would not get to walk in the Promised Land because of his sin in using the staff to bring forth the waters in the desert (rather than just obey the Lord exactly), and Moses asked him to appoint a leader for the people in his place…the Lord chose Joshua, who he said “had the Spirit.”
What direct instructions do we have from the Lord Jesus? Love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength — and also to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have the Ten Commandments. Do you know them by heart? I do, because they were included as part of my daughter’s memory work with Classical Conversations…
have no other gods before me.
make unto thee any graven image.
not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
honor thy father and mother, that they days may be long upon the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee
not commit adultery
not bear false witness against thy neighbor
God gave us these rules to live by because the following of them actually gives life…not just boring life, but abundant life! Breaking them brings consequences just as surely as Moses’ action in the desert with the water brought him consequences. More on this later. It’s late, and my eyeballs are so tired they feel gritty…
…but it feels good resting in the truth that there is indeed a path for me to follow as the Lord provides for my future…for your future…just as he provided for the future of the Israelites.