Reading of Moses’ death always brings a tear to my eye. Here is a man who has led a rebellious people on an amazingly difficult journey through the wilderness, rarely (if ever) been thanked by the people he served, is declared by God to be the most humble man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3), and now God says it is time for him to die. He will not enter the Promised Land though his life’s work has been to prepare a people to inhabit it, to deliver them from Egypt ready for God to do something new and amazing in them. The best he gets is to see the land from the top of Mount Nebo (see picture left).
Deuteronomy 32:48-52 tells us the reason why.
That very day the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”
“because you broke faith with me…”
So my mind is running with curiosity as to whether God still deals with people like this today?
Would this apply to the ‘average’ Christian, sorry terrible term but I hope you know what I mean. (Look at 1 Cor 11:27-32 or Hebrews 12:1-11). And what of leaders who opt out of walking or running in faith? What of men and women who have a call from God to be and do something extraordinary and yet choose not to walk the path in a God glorifying, God honouring, Christ exalting way?
Luke 12:35-36, “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.”
Thank God that he is faithful even when we are not. Thank God that he is full of grace and mercy, forgiving our iniquities. Thank God that he heals, restores and sets our feet upon a rock. Thank God for Jesus.