Important things Moses did before his death

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.18.2017 – Old Testament: Deu 31.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 31–32 on March 18, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The presence of Moses had been before Israel for 40 years. When the time of his death approached, he wrote a song for Israel and taught it to them, and he instituted a new leader for them,

Therefore Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel. Then He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you” (Deuteronomy 31.22–23). 

The people of Israel needed to see the transition from Moses to Joshua, and they needed reminding of their experience the previous four decades. If Israel did not remember their past, and if they did not work well with Joshua, the problem would be Israel, for the Lord and Moses had done what needed to be done to insure Israel’s success.


  • How have you prepared your family, church, or business for your departure?
  • Is leadership important?
  • If so, why?

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