Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brave and steadfast

Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Response The portion of the Lord is the people; Mt 18:1-5,10, 12-14

As we continue to journey with Moses and the people of Israel from Egypt to the promised land, we are introduced to Moses' farewell address.

Moses is bidding goodbye as he prepares himself for death.  He has recapped for the people all that they had experienced together.

He reveals his legacy.

What is our legacy?  What will people remember us for?

Will they remember us being bitter, hostile, angry, self serving or will they remember something more profound?

What will the people remember Moses for?  They will remember that God will never forsake them.

This is his legacy to the future generation.

So he invites them one last time to recommit and to trust the guidance of God who has led them thus far.

He exhorts them to be "brave and steadfast."

This invitation is more than just words it had been exemplified through out his life.

As Moses exhorts the people to be brave and steadfast, he then turns to Joshua the one who will replace him and invites him to do the same.

It is a reminder to us that bravery and steadfastness is easier when you have someone to be brave with, someone to stand with.  Bravery is always more readily accessible when there is another around to bolster you.

Who are we brave with?  Who helps us to stand firm?

Who do we help stand firm?

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