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Scripture reading for March 1st: Deuteronomy 31-34
I have often told the Lord that I would like to leave this world like Moses, strong and vigorous to the last! I am a person who likes action and wants to be busy doing God’s will. When my time comes to leave earth, I want to take one last look, and be gone! I want to have a successor who will carry on the work. I want to fight one last battle, give one last prophetic word, bless my church and family, and check out! That’s how Moses, the man of God ended his time on earth!
In Deuteronomy 31, we have the transfer of power and anointing from Moses to Joshua. Joshua had been faithful as a helper to Moses. He was by his side continuously. He went up on the mountain with Moses. He was one of the twelve spies and had a “good report” as a man of faith. Joshua was picked by the Lord to succeed Moses. (Deuteronomy 31:14, 23)
In Deuteronomy 32, Moses composed a song that would be a witness for the people. God revealed to Moses that the people would rebel and suffer God’s punishment. This song commends the greatness of God, as the Rock of Israel. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) It spells out again the curses that would come when they disobeyed the covenant. (Deuteronomy 32:20-26) The song promised compassion and healing for those who returned to the Lord and those who remain faithful. (Deuteronomy 32:36-43) Music has a way of getting into hearts and helping memory.
Deuteronomy 33 recorded the prophetic blessings on Israel and the tribes by Moses. These blessing tell of God’s love for His people. (Deuteronomy 33:3-5) The blessings in this chapter are filled with imagery from the recent wanderings. There is one that I regularly claim: “Most blessed of sons is Asher: let him bathe his feet in oil. The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.” (Deuteronomy 33:24-25) May that be true of you and me!
Moses ended his journey by climbing Mt. Nebo and getting a look at the promised land. After that, God buried him! (Deuteronomy 34:1-7) He was strong and vigorous and full of life to the last and he ever lives in God’s presence! In Scripture, he is last seen here on earth talking to Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration! (Matthew 17:1-3) I can’t wait to meet him someday!