Numbers 27: Leave Something Behind

As a business administration major at the University of Vermont, we have a department that deals with family businesses. One of the biggest problems among family businesses involves keeping the business running after the original founder has retired or passed away.

Moses had similar worries in Numbers 27. He knew that he was going to die relatively soon, but he wanted the people of Israel to keep running behind a solid leader.

Num 27:16  Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Num 27:17  Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

Num 27:18  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

Num 27:19  And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

Num 27:20  And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

Obviously, God was in charge of the whole operation, but Moses wanted to make sure that there would be someone leading Israel who would be able to lead the people toward God like Moses himself had done.

Leaving a legacy should be important to all of us as Christians. We don’t necessarily need to die or move away, but we should leave behind the love of God wherever we go. People should know that there is something different about us.

We should try to leave something positive behind whenever we meet anyone. Whether it is through our kindness, honesty or joy, we need to help and encourage people.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Posted on December 13, 2012, in Numbers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is great, Zak. Thanks. When you think about it, it was a great act of love and kindness that God told Moses to do for the Israelites in annointing Joshua. The people had come to depend on Moses and leaving them without a leader would have betrayed that trust. Sometimes people come to depend on us and it’s important not to let them down. A great example is your “Chapter a Day”. Jane and I depend on it to take us through places in the Bible that we would never have visited. I still, for example, think a lot about the story of Balaam, Barak and the donkey and what it says about keeping our hearts open to signs God gives us in everyday things (like the donkey’s twists and turns to avoid the angel with the sword). See you in a few days. Chick

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