Monday, April 20, 2009

Day 110 Moses's Swan Song

Deut 32 Moses composes and sings a song to remember the 40 years in the desert. Like most poetry, it distills the realities experienced along the way. How YHWH sought out Israel and hovered over him, also stern warnings are voiced to this new generation to "Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past". verse 28-29 "They are a nation without sense,there is no discernment in them. If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!"

Moses is then asked to go up the mountain where he will die.
verse 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. 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.Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel."

The standard that God sets is for the leaders (Aaron and Moses together are culpable)as much as the people and like the generation that Moses led out of Egypt, they did not enter the promised land.

Moses and Aaron are at fault for striking the rock instead of speaking to it at Meribah Kadesh and for not setting the example of holiness in front of others.
Unbelief is powerful.

Hebrews12:12-13"See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness".


1 comment:

  1. It is fascinating to realize that only two adults at the time of the exodus made it into the promise land.

    God's mercy is amazing but it sometimes does not negate consequences. That fact causes both joy and fear in my heart.

    I also am aware of the danger I am in as a teacher of his Word (James 3:1). It is a great honor but a fearful place to stand.

    Shirley Fay