In Part 3, I shared with you where Moses is cited in the Book of Exodus. At the conclusion of this four-part blog series we’ll look at where the liberator, leader and lawgiver is cited in the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. I’ll also mention the accomplishments of Moses’ successor, Joshua son of Nun.
Moses In Leviticus
In Leviticus, 4:22-26, God told Moses what to do when a leader unintentionally sins. In Leviticus 13 and 14, the LORD told Moses to command the people how to worship God, what to eat, how to keep themselves clean, how to deal with leprosy and about quarantining people with infectious diseases.
In Leviticus 17, the LORD commands Moses that the people are forbidden to eat blood because life is in the blood. In Leviticus 24:10-23, Moses adjudicates a capital law offense of Shelomith’s son, a Danite who had an Egyptian father, accused of blasphemy. This man of the tribe of Dan was stoned.
Moses in Numbers
In Numbers 9:8 Moses listened to God. In Numbers 11:3 Moses interceded for the people. In Numbers 11:28 Moses didn’t mind Eldad and Medad prophesying in the camp. In Numbers 12:3 Moses exuded meekness. In Numbers 12:13 Moses interceded for Miriam. In Numbers 14:13-19 Moses intercedes for the people yet again, persuading God not to destroy them after they wanted to return to Egypt rather go by faith and conquer Canaan. In Numbers 16 Moses manages the Korah insurrection. In Numbers 20:6, Moses (along with Aaron) intercedes for the people, who complain about their plight. In Numbers 20:8, Moses disobeys God and strikes the rock. In Numbers 20:12, Moses was told that he was prohibited from bringing the assembly into the land God had given them because of his disobedience. In Numbers 25:5, Moses was the instrument of implementing God’s judgment. In Numbers 27:1-19, Moses seeks Godly advice for the five daughters of Zelophedad. In Numbers 27:12-23, Moses chooses a successor and commissions Joshua.
Moses in Deuteronomy
In Deuteronomy 1:9-18, Moses revisits the sound decision of appointing leaders to resolve disputes. In Deuteronomy 3:23-29, the LORD tells Moses he is angry at him and punishes him by forbidding him to lead the people into “the good land.” In Deuteronomy 4:1-14, Moses tells the people to keep all of the commandments, statutes and rules which the LORD God taught him/them. In Deuteronomy 4:14-49, Moses recaps the LORD’s wonders. In Deuteronomy 9:25-29, Moses said he prostrated himself before the LORD for 40 days and 40 nights and interceded for the people. In Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Moses said the LORD requires the Israelites to fear Him, to walk in all His ways, love Him, serve Him, with all their heart and soul and to keep His commandments and statutes. In Deuteronomy 18:15-22, the LORD lays out succession planning for Moses’ replacement. In Deuteronomy 34:9, Moses lays his hands on Joshua son of Nun and imparts to him, the spirit of wisdom.
Moses was a Biblically complex and multifaceted man of faith, as we saw when God used the Servant of the LORD to inflict ten plagues on Egypt.
Led people to God and liberated Israelites after 430 years of Egyptian slavery.
Received Ten “Thou shall have no other gods; Thou shall not erect graven images; Thou shall not take the LORD’s name in vain; Remember and keep the Sabbath holy; Honor parents, do not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie or covet neighbors possessions” Commandments.
Codified legal tenets that are the basis of many civilizations. Designed Ark of the Covenant and Tabernacle. Prescribed how to create, fashion and decorate priestly robes. Instituted sacrificial rituals. Designated what to eat, how to keep clean, treat diseases, impose quarantines and even conduct environmental cleanups.
Mentored, appointed and imparted wisdom to a successor —Joshua son of Nun— to continue leading Israelites to Promise Land. Taught people how to offer sacrifices, praise and worship God. Wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (the Pentateuch).
Speaking of Joshua, he was Israel’s most successful warrior, according to the Book of Joshua Chapter 12 which lists the 31 kings Joshua conquered. Also, look at the territory the Israelites amassed under Joshua’s military leadership in Joshua Chapters 14-19. We know about Joshua’s Jericho conquest. In addition to the Jericho battle, the LORD rained down boulders on their enemy. In another battle the LORD answered Joshua’s prayer when he told the sun and the moon to stand still. No other man displayed such astounding faith to command two celestial bodies to stand still. And the Bible does not chronicle any moral failures in Joshua as we see in Moses or other men and women in Scripture.
Joshua’s successful warrior legacy is a result of Moses’ legacy.
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…And thank you for reading this four-part blog on Moses, the Servant of the LORD! I hope you have learned more about Moses —the liberator, leader and lawgiver.