27:17 no shepherd. This is the first use in Scripture of this symbolic representation of a flock with no leader. Moses knew that, without a strong, Spirit-led leader, the Israelite multitude would soon be like a flock of lost sheep. The Lord Jesus, of course, is the true Shepherd (see especially John 10:1-30), and it is significant that the leader God would provide in Moses’ place would have the same name (Joshua) as that of Jesus.
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