About Jesus Steve Sweetman
will not comment on every verse in this chapter.
The chapter concerns the distributing of land to families in
will make one comment on this chapter.
It's not as an important issue now since communism is not what it
once was, but back in the 1970's and earlier, the debate concerning
private ownership of land was talked about much.
The question was asked, "should Christians own land"?
More socialist Christians, especially certain Liberation Theology
scholars in Catholicism promoted the idea that Christians should not own
land. The idea was that
everyone should be equal, and individuals owning land went against this
who opposed this socialist view to ownership of land, take certain Old
Testament passages, as this one, that showed God's people owning land.
believe that Christians can own land if that is what they want.
verses 12 to 14 God had Moses go up on a high hill and view the land
wonder how Moses felt when he finally got to see the land that God had
was also a memorable time for Moses because God told him that he would
now be gathered with his people.
Moses would now die.
verses 15 through 17 we see Moses' heart towards God's people again.
As frustrated as he has been at times, Moses always cared for the
people of God. So, he asks
God to replace him with a capable man who would lead Israel
out of the desert into their promised land.
verse 15 you see the phrase "the spirits of all mankind" used
by Moses. I don't think we
should get too mystical about this.
I don't think we should think in terms of any kind of world wide
salvation either because Moses said these words.
I think we should just see those words to simply mean that God
breathed the breath of life into Adam.
These words speak to God's creation,
and that is all.
verse 18 God tells Moses to take Joshua, "a man in whom is the
two ways of possibly thinking about these words.
The words alone suggest that Joshua had the Holy Spirit living in
him. Yet for many, this
can't be so, because the Holy Spirit did not come to live within people
until the Day of Pentecost as seen in Acts 2.
Therefore for these people they would say that the Holy Spirit
rested on Joshua with a special anointing.
Others might say that there is an exception to all things and
that if the text says the Holy Spirit was in Joshua, then He was in
Joshua. There reasoning
might well be that Joshua was prophetic of Jesus, and I believe that is
certainly true. Therefore to
be precise in the prophetic analogy, Joshua would have had the Holy
Spirit actually living in him, which would point to the Deity of Christ.
That is, God was in Jesus.
18 to 21 is what God tells Moses. He
tells Moses how he should transfer his authority over from him to Joshua
in front of all Israel. Joshua would now take
Moses' place and lead
whole point to Moses dying and not leading
verse 21 you see the word "urim".
This is some kind of object that helped the priests determine the
will of God. This may sound
strange to some and some liberal scholars might use this in their
defense, because most civilizations had religious objects that they
claimed helped them determine the will of the gods.
did as God command in verses 27 and 28.