Joshua, the head of the community (Num 27:12-27:23)

“Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Go up this mountain of the Abarim range. See the land that I have given to the Israelites. When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled with me. You did not show my holiness before their eyes at the waters.’  These were the waters of Meribah-Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. Moses spoke to Yahweh. ‘Let Yahweh, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation who shall go before them and come in before them. Let the congregation of Yahweh be not be like sheep without a shepherd.’ So Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit. Lay your hand upon him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation. Commission him in their sight. You shall give him some of your authority, so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey. But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before Yahweh. At his word they shall go out. At his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the whole congregation.’ So Moses did as Yahweh commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation. He laid his hands on him, and commissioned him, just as Yahweh had directed through Moses.”

Yahweh told Moses to go up to the mountain of Abarim. He could see the Promised Land. Then he would be gathered to his people like Aaron and die. He had rebelled against Yahweh at the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. Moses wanted Yahweh to appoint another leader so that the sheep would not be without a shepherd. Yahweh told Moses to take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit. He laid his hand on him. Then he brought Joshua before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation. He then commissioned him in their sight. Everyone was to obey Joshua. So now we have a new leader. With the laying on hands, the power passed from Moses to Joshua just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

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