By: Ely Lagajino
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 8:2 (ESV)
“The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward.”– Winston Churchill
“To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever.” –Cicero
“As a rule, history seems to repeat itself, and the past experience is a valuable support to reason.” – Quintilian
God told Moses that it is time to take the Promised Land. As Moses looked toward the beautiful Land, he made another request to the Lord that if it was possible to change the judgment against him and let him go beyond the Jordan River. (Deut. 3:24-27).
God answered, “Climb up to mount Pisgah, and see from west to east and north to south the beauty of the Promised Land, but you can’t go over the Jordan River.” Moses accepted God’s decision without question.
The Lord told Moses to transfer his leadership authority to Joshua. But before giving the charge to assume the position, he must retell the history of Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt, to relate the travel experiences with God in the desert until the giving of the Ten Commandments.
Rehearsing their history would benefit the new generation, the babies when they left Egypt and those who were born in the desert. Moses told them that their prosperity depended on their faith in God and obedience to His law.
The Lord chose them because of his love for them to carry out His plan of Salvation. Also, Moses warned them that they would perish from the Land they would inherit if they did evil against the Lord.
Moses closed his speech by using these remarkable words: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you, life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deut. 30:19, 20).
Then Moses transferred his leadership authority to Joshua in front of the congregation to obey him as the new leader.
PPp. 508-515; Deuteronomy 4-6; 28