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Saturday, October 20, 2012

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As we look back, we see that Moses stood for the law. It came from God through him. He brought the people to the edge of the Promised Land, but could not bring them into it. In the same way, obedience to God’s law always has been and still is - even down to the remnant church at the end of time— the core value and identifying mark of God’s people.

God’s law is always holy, just, and good. Though heaven and earth pass away, its jots and tittles will remain. It must be put into practice (Matthew 5:17), which was first done by the Son, then by us. Let us ever remember the searching eye of that holy law that detects evil in our hearts and drives us to Jesus who empowers us to keep it.

Near the end of Moses’ life, God showed him the Promised Land. Clearly, he had accomplished his mission in life. In his sunset years, he mentored Joshua to be his successor (Deuteronomy 31:1-8). Angels buried the body of Moses and the Lord resurrected him and took him to heaven (see Jude 9).

When during the time of Jesus Moses appeared with Elijah to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13), he was finally standing in the Promised Land. But now the “land flowing with milk and honey” had lost its significance and attraction. Moses had seen the better land, a land where there are no complaints, no rebellion, and no disappointments.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong