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Leaving well!

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 what God has for me.  When my time comes to leave earth, I want to take one last look, and be gone!   It would be great to have a successor who would carry on the work.  I want to fight one last battle, give one last prophetic word, bless my family and church, and check out!

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, at least part way.  He was in charge of the Tent of Meeting.  He was one of the twelve spies and had a “good report”.  Joshua was picked by the Lord to succeed Moses. (Deuteronomy 31:14)  Joshua was commissioned by the Lord to lead the people and promised God’s presence. (Deuteronomy 31:23)

God gave Moses a prophetic song that would encourage His people.  His song commended the greatness of God, as the Rock of Israel.  (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)  It spelled out again the curses that would result from disobeying the covenant. (Deuteronomy 32:20-26)  The song promised compassion and healing for those who returned to the Lord and those that remained faithful. Deuteronomy 32:36-43)

Deuteronomy 33 recorded the prophetic blessings on Israel and the tribes by Moses right before he checked out.  These blessing tell of God’s love for His people. (Deuteronomy 33:3-5)  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 in Moab and got a bird’s eye view of the promised land.  God took him through a panoramic tour, and then took him home.  (Deuteronomy 34:1-7)  He was strong and vigorous and full of life to the last and he ever lives in God’s presence!  Now that’s leaving well!

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A Look, A Word, A Blessing–check out!

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!

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The Last Prophetic Song of Moses

Scripture reading for March 2nd: Deuteronomy 31-34

God knows that His people like music, so He gave Moses a song to conclude his ministry with.  God knew that a song would get into the hearts of the people and help them remember His word.  He knew that a song would be sung over and over and could easily be learned by the younger generation.  Music has always held a place in the word of God and much of Scripture is written in poetic form that could be memorized easily or sung.

This last song began with a proclamation of God’s goodness and grace towards Israel.  God’s word had fallen like rain on their thirsty hearts!  (Deuteronomy 32:1-2)  The teachable people soaked up the word of God and grew like plants in a well watered garden.  This song told of God as Israel’s “Rock”.  He was perfect in all His ways and His justice was widely seen and recognized.  He was faithful, upright and incapable of doing wrong.  (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)  Their Rock had faithfully led them through the wilderness.  He had justly punished those who were unfaithful and  He rewarded those who humbly followed. Their Rock was also their Father and Creator.  (Deuteronomy 32:6)  He had made them and formed them as His own people.  It seems that the understanding of God was an important concept that Moses was to teach the people through this song.  Faith’s foundational teaching concerns God as Father and creator of all things.  (Genesis 1:1) (Hebrews 11:3) (Matthew 6:9)  This is an area of attack in our culture.  Evolution denies God as Creator and Father! God their Rock was also the avenger of His people’s enemies. (Deuteronomy 32:35-36)   Their Rock would put thousands to flight. He would save His people when their strength was gone.  He would avenge the blood of His servants and His land.  (Deuteronomy 32:43)   This was and is comforting news to God’s children!  This thought is repeated in the New Testament as well! (Romans 12:17-19) Israel was a blessed people because of their Blessed Lord who would save them!  (Deuteronomy 33:28-29)  He would be their shield and helper and glorious sword!  This sounds like the armor of God described in Ephesians 6 that talks of Jesus Christ!  We are a blessed people, too!  We can sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs by the Holy Spirit who teaches us about our “Rock” Jesus Christ and our glorious future!

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A successor, prophetic song, blessing, check out!

Scripture reading for March 2: 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 what God has for me.  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 ends 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, at least part way.  He was in charge of the Tent of Meeting.  He was one of the twelve spies and had a “good report” as a man of faith in God’s Word.  Joshua was picked by the Lord to succeed Moses. (Deuteronomy 31:14)  Joshua was commissioned by the Lord to lead the people and promised God’s presence. (Deuteronomy 31:23)

In Deuteronomy 32, we have a song Moses composed at God’s direction that would be a witness against 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 will come from their disobedience to the covenant. (Deuteronomy 32:20-26)  The song promises compassion and healing on those who return to the Lord and those who remain faithful. Deuteronomy 32:36-43)  Music has a way of getting into hearts.  God’s Word sung by the people would stick with them.  We still have it written down for us today!

Deuteronomy 33 records the prophetic blessings on Israel and the tribes by Moses right before he left them.  These blessing tell of God’s love for His people. (Deuteronomy 33:3-5)  He ruled over them with love and wanted their blessing and provision.  The blessings in this chapter are filled with imagery from the recent wanderings.  One again stands out to me today 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 ends his journey by climbing Mt. Nebo in Moab and getting a bird’s eye view of the promised land.  God took him through a panoramic tour, and then took him home.  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) What a man of God!  I can’t wait to meet him someday!

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