“But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.”
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 NKJV
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.”
Hebrews 11:23-29 NKJV
I live in a city full of huge tombstones, or buildings bearing the names of long dead people, long forgotten. It is only through research that we can know anything about them. Their deeds have largely died with them. We are left with a name and no legacy.
This morning, I came to the end of Deuteronomy, and read God’s brief eulogy to Moses, His servant, His friend.
He pushed Moses well beyond his comfort zone and ordained his life from its beginning to its end. Moses was far from perfect, making many mistakes along the way, but he was sold out to the Lord. In the times of trouble, he time and time again fell on his face before Almighty God, to stand in the gap for the stiff-necked people who hated him, hated God.
Moses was the epitome of faithfulness under pressure, a picture of the One who would eventually come to free all the captives. He was the foreshadowing of the Lord Jesus, of One longsuffering, standing in the place between the dead and the living, appeasing the wrath of God.
God, Elohim, preincarnate Christ, gave Moses the Law of God to present to the people. God set His expectations before them and included the consequences for failure. Through the giving of the law, Moses became the giver of death, as no one could possibly keep it all…save One.
“who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
II Corinthians 3:6 NKJV
The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit of the Living God brings life. Jesus’ death and subsequent return to heaven, provided us the Helper, to restore us and make us new.
Moses was a a forerunner, coming before the Jesus. Moses was imperfect, but Jesus would keep the law, die a sinless death, and be buried and rise again. Through that act, we who believe have salvation. Of all the people I hope to see in Heaven, after Jesus of course, Moses would be high on my list. As I read through the books where he is center stage, I marvel at his grace. I hope that I can be as graceful as he when my time is done.
Brothers and sisters, let us pray to the Lord for a heart like Moses, a heart filled with devotion, grace, and a desire for God. May we all have a heart to stand in the gap, praying for each other, praying for the lost, and living lives obedient. Let us eschew the things of this world, in favor of the riches of God.
Moses was a man who lived by faith in seemingly impossible times, knowing a God where everything is possible. Despite his waverings, he obeyed, escept one time. He paid the price for that sin and did not enter the promise land.
Our God is just, but He is also a God of grace, as Moses and Elijah joined Jesus at the mount of the transfiguration. There he could stand in the land, God had only previously caused him to see. I am one who believes that he will again minister before the Lord as one of the two witnesses in the times shortly to come.
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.”
Matthew 17:1-3 NKJV
Moses made mistakes, and periodically let his emotions get the best of him, but God used him.
You might be one who has made mistakes. You might even think that God could not possibly use you, but hear me: I stand as one hopelessly faulty, but devoted.
I am amazed that God uses me at all. I serve at His discretion, with fear and trembling, with no regard for future, or what others may say of me after I am gone. I know that even now, God is writing my eulogy.
He is writing yours too.
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