Numbers 25-27…Moab seduces Israel, and Joshua is selected as Moses’ successor.
Israel was enticed to sin by the daughters of Moab and Midian. Friendship with those who draw us in to sin is more dangerous than their enmity. We will become like those with whom we spend the most time. Therefore, we should seek to spend time around those who will help us grow spiritually. When we aren’t intentional about our relationships, it shows we either underestimate sin, or we don’t have an interest in growing. We need to carefully consider this warning in Proverbs 13:20:
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
God appointed Joshua to succeed Moses in Numbers 27. He was a man full of grace. He feared God, hated covetousness, and acted from principle. He had the spirit of leadership, and was prepared to serve those under his care. But, even Joshua wasn’t perfect, and could not save the people from their sins. The perfect servant-leader, Jesus Christ, was the only perfect, acceptable sacrifice, because He lived a sinless, holy life, and laid down his life for our sake. His perfect righteousness is counted as ours if we repent and believe. He was raised from the dead, and we will be as well, if we fight for faith, and seek holiness.