“Take Heed to Thyself”
Deu 3:23-29 ; Deu 4:1-14
Strong faith was required by the two and a half tribes to leave their wives and children while they went to succor their brethren. But God’s commands and assurances foreclosed all arguments. Whenever we are summoned to special service, we may consign the care of our personal interests to God. Seek first the kingdom, and all other things will be added.
Notice that Moses referred to the wondrous acts of the Exodus as only the beginning of God’s wondrous works, Deu 3:24 . Probably in the countless ages of eternity we shall always feel that we are witnessing only the beginning of God’s self-revelation.
Moses, like Paul afterward, tried to reverse the divine decision. Compare Deu 3:23-25 and 2Co 12:8-9 . Do not pray against God’s will, but with it, 1Jn 5:14 . When God says No, there are always tender compensations, such as this Pisgah-vision.
Israel’s tenure of Canaan depended on obedience to God’s will, in statutes, including the ordinances of religion, and in judgments relating to civil matters.