FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 31
Today we begin the closing words of Moses to the Israelite people. Moses had just completed his very ling, and detailed sermon over the Law. Remember that is has been two years since Moses started doing that. Now that we are done with that portion we get to move into the final states of the Israelites moving into the promise land. I could imagine at this point, there is a lot of excitement in the air. I could also imagine there is some sadness there as well.
Moses was 80 years old when God called him to lead the Israelite people out of Egypt. He is not 120 years old and has been leading the people for 120 years. I think at this point the automatic assumption is that Moses was old, brittle, and on his death bead. This simply is not the case, just go look in chapter 34. The fact is that God had told Moses that he would not be able to enter the promise land because of his sin at Kadesh.
Even though Moses did not obey God ons several occasions, he was still a faithful, and good leader to the nation of Israel. The fact of the matter is, that God’s promises are a sure thing. This means that Moses will not be able to see the promise land. This is a sad fact, but it did not distract Moses from doing what he was supposed to do. This section of Deuteronomy starts what we call “the Song of Moses.” This chapter specifically is meant to encourage Joshua, his predecessor, to stand strong in the Lord.
We will soon find out that Joshua will become a great leader to Israel in a most important time. We also know that he is on a very short list of people in the Old Testament who had the ability to obey God. It is not by accident that Moses is speaking of his not being able to enter the promise land in his song. It fits very well into the content of the rest of the chapter, for just as sure is Moses’ inability to enter the land, is the promise Israel has to finally enter. Moses understands this so he encourages Joshua with some very powerful words, and perhaps some of the most influential words spoken in the Old Testament.
Moses says in verse 6, “be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you.” There are a few things that we can pretty much count on in our lives. One of those being that fact that we are human and we will certainly fall short of the glory of God. It is in our nature. We are sinner, and we will continue to sin until the day we get to be with the Lord.
Another thing we can count on is the fact that the Lord has gone before us. He is fighting for his people, and will never stop doing so. I think the reason that the Israelites fell so often is because they forgot this promise. We know that even though the Israelites get to go to the long awaited promise land, they will still fail many, many times. They will forget about the promises of God, and turn to other gods. That is the very reason Moses wrote this song.
I think the reason we stumble a lot of times is because we too forget the promises of God. Moses did not just write this song for the Israelites, he wrote it for us too! We have to remember Church that the Lord is always with us, he is always fighting for us. He will never leave us, or forsake it. Even when it feels like nothing is going our way, or we can’t seem to place one foot in front of the other. Trust in God’s plan for your life, it is going to be good!