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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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It is rather easy to read about the end of Moses' life and feel sad. After all, he lived a long, difficult life that seemed to end with disappointment. The first 40 years were spent in Egypt even living in the Pharaoh's palace; 40 years spent tending sheep in the Midianite wilderness; 40 years spent leading Israel through the wilderness. Each season in his life got progressively more difficult. To top it off, he was barred from crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land. How disappointing!

But it was Moses’ “relationship” with God (called “faith” in Hebrews 11:23-27) that kept his sight on the eternal instead of on the hardships. Moses certainly could say to us, even as Paul did, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18 NASB)

Although Moses was not allowed to go into the Promised Land with the Israelites, he told the people that God would go with them. In essence he was saying that "It was not me who got you this far, it's the Lord; and even though I'm leaving you, He's not."

Moses was a great man; one of the greatest to ever walk this earth. But Moses was not indispensable or irreplaceable. With God, Israel was in good hands with or without Moses.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong