The Inheriting Generation
“But your assistant, Joshua, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it [the Promise Land].”
Deuteronomy 1:38At the beginning of the month I, along with so many others in our church, were readingsystematically through the Book of Deuteronomy. As a part of our ongoing devotion to engageGod through His Word, we continued to plow through the ﬁfth book of the Pentateuch. From thevery onset we come to discover and understand that Moses
will not enter
the Promise Land butthat his assistant Joshua indeed will.This morning, in a hotel room in Canada, I ﬁnished up the Book of Deuteronomy and began anew adventure in the Book of Joshua, only to be reminded that the words spoken by God year’sprior are coming to pass:
“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land…”
Joshua 1:2The raising up of a new generation of leaders is so important. The Gospel is worth propagationand therefore always requires a fresh infusion of life and vitality that comes from the future of our movement: our young people.
Dead but not Forgotten
Notice the text:
“Moses my servant is dead…”
(vs. 2). In no translation or paraphrase does thisdenote that Moses is no longer to be honored or esteemed for his incredibly valuable contributionto the Kingdom. All throughout the Book of Joshua we read of a blessed man that led theIsraelites as far as God would allow. In no way are we given permission as Christians to speaknegatively about our forefathers and those that have paved the way for the next generation. Ibelieve, though, that the greatest form of honor is to
with them by investing in those thatare emerging into leadership.
Encourage those Emerging
Moses was told to
Joshua his assistant. Does the emerging generation get yourencouragement or do they only receive your chastisement and ridicule? Are they perceived onlyas slackers, wannabe’s, usurpers or rebels without a cause? If so, it’s unfortunate, because Goddesires to manifest Himself through this emerging generation and I believe he wants to use us asHis hands of consecration and commissioning.In the New Testament, Barnabas was known as the “son of encouragement.” In other words, hisname denoted his nature. His designation was his demeanor. Acts 11 records just one of manyexamples of Barnabas’ encouraging spirit and this time it involved a young, upstart named Saul.We know him now as Paul the Apostle. I often wonder if he would have ever became a