Bible: Numbers 27:12-23

Leadership Change 1 

27:12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range, 2  and see 3  the land I have given 4  to the Israelites. 27:13 When you have seen it, you will be gathered 5  to your ancestors, 6  as Aaron your brother was gathered to his ancestors. 7  27:14 For 8  in the wilderness of Zin when the community rebelled against me, you 9  rebelled against my command 10  to show me as holy 11  before their eyes over the water – the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.”

27:15 Then Moses spoke to the Lord: 27:16 Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all humankind, 12  appoint 13  a man over the community, 27:17 who will go out before them, and who will come in before them, 14  and who will lead them out, and who will bring them in, so that 15  the community of the Lord may not be like sheep that have no shepherd.”

27:18 The Lord replied 16  to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is such a spirit, 17  and lay your hand on him; 18  27:19 set him 19  before Eleazar the priest and before the whole community, and commission 20  him publicly. 21  27:20 Then you must delegate 22  some of your authority 23  to him, so that the whole community of the Israelites will be obedient. 24  27:21 And he will stand before Eleazar the priest, who 25  will seek counsel 26  for him before the Lord by the decision of the Urim. 27  At his command 28  they will go out, and at his command they will come in, he and all the Israelites with him, the whole community.”

27:22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him; he took Joshua and set 29  him before Eleazar the priest and before the whole community. 27:23 He laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as the Lord commanded, 30  by the authority 31  of Moses.

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