Saturday, March 17, 2012
Welcome to Day 76 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Deuteronomy 32, Moses writes a song about God’s greatness and faithfulness… and Israel’s shortcomings and all that God had done for them, and would love to do…
“On that same day the LORD told Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore…
… you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
Deuteronomy 33, Moses’ final blessing of the tribes of Israel before they were to cross over the Jordan, in Canaan, the Promised Land, the land of their inheritance from the Lord, given them by his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) and their ancestors.
Deuteronomy 34, “Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” 5 And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. 6 He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7
Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died…
…yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.”
9 “Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses. 10
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. 12 or no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”
1 Corinthians 2:16, “we have the mind of Christ.”
How sad is it that Moses didn’t get to enter the promised land? But how cool is it that he just kinda disappeared on Mount Nebo. Everyone knew he had died, but wasn’t sure where he was buried…
Assumed that he was “caught up” to be with God and didn’t die like everyone else. More like Elijah… who was carried away in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire! (Perhaps that’s why both Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration!) “As they [Elijah and Elisha] were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kings 2:11
Even though Moses was a great leader and spoke with God face to face, he had his shortcomings. His frustrations got the best of him and it cost him entering Canaan.
How easy it is to let life, our frustrations, our own brokenness get the best of us.
Need to have an outlook like Paul, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” So, so glad we live under a new covenant. Still sorting out how to live under grace… with laws written on our hearts, vs on stone tablets.
Lord, help me to run this race to win. I’m turning 50 this year… Moses lived to be 120 and his frustrations got the best of him at the end of his life… just a year before they were to enter Canaan. Help me to finish well.