Thursday, September 22
By Jill McClain
Moses lived an incredible life, but at 120 years of age he realizes that he is about to die. He names Joshua as the next leader of the Israelites. Then Moses teaches the people a song. The song reminds the people of their history with God. It tells of the people’s repeated failures to follow and trust God, despite his repeated faithfulness and protection. The song tells again of the punishment that awaits people that do not follow the commands of their Heavenly Father, but it also tells of God’s grace when his people repent and return to him.
In Deuteronomy 32:48-52, Moses is told to climb Mount Nebo where he will be able to see the Promised Land that God is giving to his chosen people. However, God reminds Moses that he is not going to enter Canaan because of a sin that he committed earlier. God loved Moses throughout his entire life, even in the midst of his sins. God never left Moses side, but there were still consequences for his sin. The same is true for us. God has offered us grace and forgiveness when we fail and sometimes when we make poor choices we are able to avoid all possible negative effects. However, other times, like Moses, we may have to face the negative consequences of our errors, but God still loves us and will always be with us through it all.
In chapter 33 Moses blesses each of the tribes of Israel. Then in chapter 34 Moses climbs Mount Nebo and after seeing the Promised Land he dies. “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.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12)