The Death of Moses

Engraved on Fanny J. Crosby’s tombstone at Bridgeport, Connecticut, are these significant words taken from our Lord’s remarks to Mary, the sister of Lazarus, after she had anointed Him with costly perfume, “She hath done what she could (Mark 14:8).” (Encyclopedi … More

Finish Well

After pronouncing his blessing upon all the tribes Moses climbs Mt Nebo in obedience to the Lord’s command ( Duet. 32:49). Although he could not enter the promised land because of his sin God showed him all the land. What a joy it must have been for him to look over the dream of a lifetime.

Moses died at the age of 120 years “according to the word of the Lord” (v. 5). It states that God buried him in a valley (v. 6). This does not necessarily mean that he was brought down into the Jordan valley but possibly he was buried in a valley on the top of the mountain. He is the only man ever to be buried by the hand of God and to this day no one knows where his grave is. This was a good thing because if the people had known where he was buried they probably would have built some big memorial and perhaps made it a place of idolatrous reverence.

Moses was so special that his last hours on this earth were spent in intimate fellowship with God and when he was gone the Israelites mourned for 30 days (v. 8). Joshua became the leader but he was not like Moses. Moses was a unique man among all the prophets because of his intimacy with the Lord, his miraculous signs and wonders and his mighty power and awesome deeds (vv. 10-12).

Moses lived in the heights and he died in the heights. He often met God on the mountain, saw His glory and experienced His grace. Moses lived in God’s will and he died in God’s will. Finally He lived with a forward vision and he died with a forward vision as He viewed the Promised Land. The people so often wanted to go back to Egypt, but he challenged them to go forward to the inheritance that God has prepared for them.

Application

Lehman Strauss in his latter days would ask for prayer that he might finish well. Moses a man who certainly finished well. As I get older that is certainly the prayer of my heart also.

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (English Standard Version)


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