Archive for January 3rd, 2012

Deuteronomy 34

Deuteronomy 34 ends the life of Moses.  God calls him to Mount Nebo and “Moses went up….and the Lord showed him all the land”.  Can you imagine?  Moses has been leading the people for 40 years and the end is finally here.  God takes him up the mountain and lets him look out over the Promised Land.  Even at 120 years old, I am sure he was pretty excited and revved up.  This is a very special day – God had called him for such a time as he lived in.

What does God tell him?  “This is the land…..I will give it to your offspring….I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there”.  Been hoping God would change His mind and let Moses go into the land?  It didn’t happen.  The consequence of disobedience never changed.  God told Moses when he struck the rock he would not get to enter, and God was true to His word.  Tough result, but that is what we have to keep in mind about sin.  Jesus took away the sting – it won’t keep us from eternal life if we make Jesus Lord – but the consequences of sin still remain a reality.  We can’t just do what we want and expect it to all work out our way.  That is not reality.  And once Moses was allowed to see it – he died.

I love how scripture describes Moses as he ended life.  “His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated”.  Moses never slowed down.  He led the people well to the very end.  He kept his eyes on God and lived for an audience of One.  If you ever want to see how to lead well, and live well, you have to examine Moses life.  Not only was God pleased, but the people loved him too.  Even after 40 years wandering in the wilderness, when he dies “the people of Israel wept….thirty days”.

So now what?  “Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded”.  Moses had prepared for this day.  He had his successor in place, and well prepared.  So there wasn’t a beat missed.  Joshua stepped in and led the people.  He picked up where Moses left off.  As this book ends – check out what it says about Moses.  “There has not arisen a prophet since….whom the Lord knew face to face….none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do….for all the mighty power and all the great deeds”.  Oh that even a small percentage of those words could be said about my life.  He knew God.  He lived for God.  He let God use Him in great and mighty ways.  And the result was a God result – people freed, journey complete, Promised Land in their sights!  Way to go Moses – you set the bar high!

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