For those of you who have followed along with the Good Morning Girls – through the book of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and now Deuteronomy – today is a sad day.
It is the day that we say farewell to Moses – the author of the first 5 books of the Bible.
As I read Deuteronomy chapter 34 – tears welled up in my eyes. I’ve grown attached to this man. This meek man, who started out in a basket floating precariously down the Nile River.
God had a huge plan for this baby boy.
God protected Moses through his childhood. Then God raised Moses up to deliver his people from slavery. God showed himself through the 10 Plagues and when God miraculously parted the Red Sea – Moses was appointed, by God, to lead his people out of Egypt and into the desert. There Moses met God – face to face – and Moses received the 10 Commandments…twice!
Moses delivered all the laws to Israel, including how to organize the 12 tribes of Israel, the building of the tabernacle and the laws of the sacrificial system. Moses led God’s people in battle, including the memorable battle against the Amalekites, where when his hands were raised, Israel prevailed and when they dropped they began to be defeated. Moses’ meekness was not a weakness.
And Moses led God’s rebellious, stiff-necked, murmuring children through the desert. What a tough job assignment he had!
So many memorable moments, too numerous to recount here, happened under the leadership of Moses and after 40 years of wandering in the desert – we come to the end.
The end of Moses’ life.
In Numbers chapter 20, Moses was told by God to speak to the rock and it would pour out water for his people. Moses – in his anger at the murmuring mob – struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out…but this disobedience would bring a strict consequence for Moses.
Moses’ public disobedience to God caused him to be banned from entering the Promised Land.
And that brings us to the final chapter of Deuteronomy – Deuteronomy 34.
For the final time, the Lord leads Moses up a mountain – Mt. Nebo – and there the Lord allows Moses to see the Promised Land.
And the Lord said to him, “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.”5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab.
And just like that – Moses stands alone – he views the Promised Land and then we say farewell to Moses. The Lord takes him home to be with him.
Moses had accomplished God’s purpose for his life.
When you come to your final day of life – will you have accomplished your purpose?
Don’t waste your life.
Even though Moses had finished the work God had for him – he still had a sad ending. Sin had prevented Moses from entering the Promised Land. God had assigned the task of leading Israel, to Joshua instead.
We may feel that Moses – losing his temper – is such a small sin – why did God deal with it so harshly?
But no sin is small to God.
Sin means missing the mark.
Sin means failure.
But God still used Moses mightily. There is hope for us.
God uses sinners!
If God didn’t use sinners – then he’d have NO ONE to use!
He uses all of us, if we surrender our lives to Him.
Another thing I see in the account of Moses’ dying, is that he was all alone.
God took Moses up the mountain without any of his friends and family to hold his hand as he died. So many times through out Moses’ life – he was all alone. It was just Moses and God.
And God was enough.
Dying is something we all have to do alone. No one can join us on that journey except God.
Verse 6 tells us “he buried him”.
God buried Moses…alone.
There was no big funeral. No eulogy. No pomp.
Verse 6 tells us “no one knows the place of his burial”.
Moses had an unmarked grave. There would be no flowers. No visits from family.
Moses died but God’s work went forward.
When we die – the work we have begun for Christ –goes forward.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
Together – we are all to be doing the work of the Lord and trusting God for the final harvest.
Moses died but He his faithfulness is not forgotten.
The final words of Deuteronomy say of Moses:
10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
A key lesson I have learned from the death of Moses is no matter our successes or failures – keep living a life of faithfulness to God.
May we be remembered as faithful.
Until you take your final breath…
Keep walking with the King!
What have you learned from Moses’ life and your study in the book of Deuteronomy?
For Further Reading
The GMG Leadership Team is Blogging Through the Bible Too! Visit their blogs here:
Becoming a Godly Wife – Bridget
Misty Leask – Misty
Rosilind Jukic – Rosilind
Worshipful Living – Mandy
What’s Next After Deuteronomy?
We will begin the Book of Ecclesiastes on June 13th! This study will be like NONE we have ever done here at Women Living Well. Find all of the details HERE. Invite your friends and join us!