Sunday, March 22, 2009

Last Words of a Dying Saint

Today we say good bye to Moses.

He sings a song, writes a poem, says a blessing over them, gives some last words, and climbs slowly up Mount Nebo, never to be with the people he has led again.

7 -8 "Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyesight was sharp; he still walked with a spring in his step. The People of Israel wept for Moses in the Plains of Moab thirty days."

His last words are rich. I could blog for a month.

"For it's God's Name I'm preaching—
respond to the greatness of our God!
The Rock: His works are perfect,
and the way he works is fair and just;
A God you can depend upon, no exceptions,
a straight-arrow God.
His messed-up, mixed-up children, his non-children,
throw mud at him but none of it sticks." (Deuteronomy 33:3-5)
From his last song. Copyright words and music - Moses

After he finishes his song, he says this: "Take to heart all these words to which I give witness today and urgently command your children to put them into practice, every single word of this Revelation. Yes. This is no small matter for you; it's your life. In keeping this word you'll have a good and long life in this land that you're crossing the Jordan to possess."

Moses tries to pound into the people that you have to HEAR the word of God. You have to OBEY the word of God. You have to PRACTICE the word of God. "Dear God, pound those words into MY heart..."

From the blessing he spoke over the people:
"Oh, how you love the people,
all his holy ones are palmed in your left hand.
They sit at your feet,
honoring your teaching,
The Revelation commanded by Moses,
as the assembly of Jacob's inheritance. "

And he was not quite through. One of the most beloved Psalms of all time is attributed to Moses - Psalm 91. If so, listen to some of the words:

14 -16 "If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
"I'll get you out of any trouble.
I'll give you the best of care
if you'll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I'll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!" (Psalm 91)

Whoever wrote the end of Deuteronomy had a beautiful tribute to a "one-of-a-kind" follower of God:

10 -12 "No prophet has risen since in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face-to-face. Never since has there been anything like the signs and miracle-wonders that God sent him to do in Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land—nothing to compare with that all-powerful hand of his and all the great and terrible things Moses did as every eye in Israel watched."

1 comment:

Cristy VanKleek said...

To have even some of those sentiments - a follower of God - mentioned at my funeral would be a privelege.