Thursday, February 5, 2015

Give them a new leader

One day the Lord said to Moses, “Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel. After you have seen it, you will die like your brother, Aaron, for you both rebelled against my instructions in the wilderness of Zin. When the people of Israel rebelled, you failed to demonstrate my holiness to them at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) Then Moses said to the lord, “O lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community.  Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd." - Numbers 27:12-17
Faced with the end of his own life and failure to reach the promised land due to the consequences of his sin, what does Moses do?

Does he whine and complain?  Does he say "good riddance" to the nation that had caused him so much personal strife and anguish?  Do he barter with God for a little more time or access to the promised land?

None of those.  He simply asks that God will provide a new leader when he is gone: a guide and shepherd for the people.

When we move on to something new:  Are we thinking only of ourselves?  Are we glad to leave the old behind?  Or are we praying for someone new and better to come take our place?

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