Deuteronomy 34 ends the play by play on Moses’ life. God brings him up to Mount Nebo and “showed him all the land”. He was able to see the land that God had prepared and was giving His people. “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there”. It’s been 40 years in the coming, but the time is finally here and Moses gets one last look at what he’s spent the last 40 years preparing God’s people for – entry to the Promised Land.
And then he dies. Not a lot of fanfare or activity. Scripture tells us “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated”. Now that’s the way to finish strong. He never lost sight of what God had called him to do. And he never lost his passion to follow God’s call and lead the people well. Moses had God’s vision and was filled with His power and he lived that way to the very end. The people were blessed by it as well – he had impacted each and every one. So “the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days”.
And then the switch was flipped. Moses is gone, and Joshua steps up. Moses had been preparing for this day for some time. It was not a mystery as to who would take the leadership role. “Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him”. Moses had prepared him well. He instructed the people as to what they should do. “So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses”. It wasn’t a difficult transition. Moses is buried and Joshua is at the helm.
Scripture tells us this about the man we’ve spent months studying. A big chunk of scripture is dedicated to his life and leadership. “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face….none like him for all the signs and the wonders….and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds”. How’s that for a summary of life? What will God say about you? We all will leave a legacy. Will yours look anything like that of Moses? We create our legacy by how we live. Moses lived life well for 120 years. The last forty leading God’s people to this place. What will your legacy look like based on how you are living life today?