Contend Earnestly: Dying for His glory

Friday, May 05, 2006

Dying for His glory

Seth, it is interesting that you bring up Moses’ eulogy by the Lord. I recently read that passage as well, and another aspect of the same truth struck me. We know that because of Moses’ lack of faith, and unholy treatment of the Lord at Meribah (Deut 32:51) he was to die on Mt. Nebo before Israel was to enter the promised land of Canaan. Right before this act of capital punishment, we read these words from our Lord:

"Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab opposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession. Then die on the mountain where you ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. For you shall see the land at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel." (Deut 32:49-52)

I am curious to know what it must have been like knowing when you were going to die. What thoughts must have been going through Moses’ mind as he ascended the mountain. How did he die? How did the Lord bury him? (34:6). These are details the Scriptures do not give us, but my attention was gripped by Moses’ last words to the nation before he went to die. They were laced with praise for the greatness of God!

"Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death."

"Indeed, He loves the people…"

"There is none like the God of Jeshurun"

"The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms"

"Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty!"

May we ever praise Him, even when He afflicts (Job 2:10). May we always treat Him as Holy. And may we die well, to bring Him glory.


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