by J. Gerald Harris

Gather the People
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Deuteronomy 31:12

The curtain is about to be drawn on the life of Moses. He is coming to the end of the way. The time is at hand when he and the children of Israel must part. Moses had delivered them from Egypt. For forty years he had given them some semblance of leadership. During their struggles. In the wilderness. Now they have come to the brink of the Promised Land. The leadership must be undertaken by another.

In this 31st chapter of Deuteronomy there are two, things which are of great concern to Moses. First of all, he is concerned that the people reach their destination. He wants them to get to the Promised Land. He turns to Joshua and confirms him as the future leader. Notice verses 7 & 8 of Deuteronomy 31(read). Moses was handing the mantle of leadership to Joshua. Someone has wisely said, "God buries his ministers, but he carries on his work."

The second great concern of Moses was that the people should be continually instructed in the law of God. Now, there is no question in my mind as to the authorship of the Pentateuch. In verse 9 of our text the bible says, "and Moses wrote this law and delivered it unto the priests, the sons of Levi." Moses had been the receiver, the transcriber, and the guardian of the law. But since the time of his departure was at hand. He commissions the priests to be the keepers and the teachers of the law. This written law, of course, was to be taught in the home. But there were also stated times when the people were to be gathered together and the law was to be read publicly. The people were to be instructed concerning the Law of God.

Folks, I don't know of anything that we need any more today than to gather the people together. All of the people. The men and the women and the children and the stranger. That they may hear and that they may learn and that they may fear the Lord, our God, and observe to do all the words of this book.

Now in 1991, how can we best gather ...

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