Saying Goodbye to Moses

Wendy Blight

Day: 35 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 34

Deuteronomy 34:10-12 (NIV)Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Today we witness the end of a life.

The end of a legacy.

We say farewell to Moses—God’s most humble servant who faithfully completed the God-given assignment he received decades before at the burning bush. Moses—the man who received God’s Law, interpreted it, enforced it and memorialized it.

Few events in Scripture eclipse the beauty of Moses’ last moments on earth. The Lord led Moses, alone, to the top of Mount Nebo. From this vista, Moses’ eyes feasted upon the Promised Land in all its scope and grandeur. The Promised Land God forbid his feet to touch. (Numbers 20)

In this sacred space, alone with his creator and friend, Moses died. By His hand, God laid Moses to rest.

The writer closes this chapter with a beautiful epitaph. Words setting Moses apart from all other Old Testament saints.

Set apart first because God invited Moses into face-to-face divine appointments, personal interactions and intimate conversations.

Second, God gave Moses an extraordinary commission to perform miraculous signs and wonders and exact terrifying judgments—acts of God’s power and glory no other man has ever done.

When we review Moses’ life, it seems unfair that God forbid him entry into the Promised Land. Really, God? One mistake. One step of disobedience. But for the One True God, one rebellious act was enough.

But Moses’ story doesn’t end here. Travel with me to the New Testament. God had one more divine appointment for Moses. A glorious moment ordained before time began. One greater than walking into the Promised Land with the Israelites. Matthew 17:1-3 tells the story:

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them … Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”

Glory! Moses’ feet landed where he had been forbidden to go. Moses, the great lawgiver, and Elijah, the great prophet, stood side by side with the One, who in His own person, fulfilled their missions. He fulfilled both the Law and the prophets.

By God’s grace and mercy, God allowed Moses to stand in the Promised Land, again face-to-face with the divine. But this time, it’s not God the Father he sees. He looks into the eyes of Jesus, the promised Messiah. The Savior of the world.


Prayer: Father, I stand amazed at how You execute Your plans. How You omnisciently knit together every intimate detail of salvation history before time began. What seems unfair, cruel or harsh at the time, You bring to completion in bold, beautiful and glorious ways. You always work it for Your good and Your glory. Help me to trust You today in my hard place. The place I don’t understand. Help me believe with all my heart You are working to fulfill Your purpose and my good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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