Scripture Read: Deuteronomy 32:48 - 52, 34
Title: The Death of Moses
(H) Highlight verse: "And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and wonders that the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and all his servants and to all his land.'" Deut. 34:10, 11
(E) Explain: Today we read about the death of the great man of faith Moses. His life and death brought many joys and sorrows. He had a relationship and communion with God that no other has. He was truly a man called by God.
Moses’ life could be broken down into three 40 year clusters. His first forty years are his prince years. He lived in the house of Pharaoh and certainly enjoyed the privileges of being a prince. His middle forty years were spent as a humble shepherd. It was during this time he was being trained as a leader for the nation of Israel. His last forty years were spent as a called agent of God. Moses led the nation of Israel out of captivity and into the desert. Unfortunately he never makes it to the Promised Land but he used this time to disciple a young Joshua to lead the nation into this land in due time.
(A) Application: The life of Moses is fascinating. His story gives me encouragement to know God is not out actively seeking for men and women who “have it all together” to accomplish his will. I look at his successes and failures and I see the hand of God in all aspects of his life, even when he was unfaithful. We can also be encouraged by this because God’s hand is upon us to accomplish his will here on earth. God has done some amazing things in the history of the nation of Israel and I believe He can and still does have amazing things in store for his Church. We may not know what they are, but we can only pray, wait and see.
(R) Respond: Moses' legacy was that he was a man who met face to face with God. He was and is truly a man of God. This is the legacy I would like to leave when God calls me home. LORD, help me to live my life for you and bring honor and glory to your name.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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