RS 51 / Section #4426
18 May 2013
Never again was there a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10). In the Old Testament, we witness the divinity and righteousness of the most faithful man to ever serve the Lord. Moses’ relationship with God was superior to that of any other prophet in the Bible. God reinforces this by claiming that out of all of His prophets, Moses was the most faithful and therefore, was given the most power (Numbers 12:6-7). Chosen to protect and lead the Israelites, Moses performed miracles and glorified God’s name, ultimately playing a crucial role in spreading His authority throughout the known earth. Still only a mortal, however, Moses’ death would one day come to pass. On the eve of his death, Moses asked God to provide a successor to lead the people after his demise (Numbers 27:16-17). God directed him to Joshua, whom He had already been preparing for many years; God’s spirit was in him. Though Joshua was initially uncertain about his ability to guide the Israelites, God told him over and again that he was indeed capable of this task, just as Moses was. In the Old Testament, Joshua and Moses were made to seem parallel in order to instill confidence in Joshua, gain the trust of the Israelites, and build Joshua to be not only the new leader of the Israelites, but also Moses’ ultimate successor. Kot 2
“Moses said unto Joshua, ‘Choose us out men, and go out and fight…’ So Joshua did as Moses had said” (Ex. 17: 9-10). Because of this and other innumerable exhibits of unwavering loyalty, Moses and Joshua were absolutely two of the most faithful servants to ever follow Yahweh. Although God knew that Moses and Joshua were spiritually charged, mirror images of each other, the Israelites did not. The parallels between Moses and Joshua had to be striking in the eyes of the Israelites in order to inspire their respect as their...