Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. (Deuteronomy 34:4-5)
The end of Deuteronomy is both depressing and encouraging. It’s depressing because Moses was informed by the Lord about the future of Israel – that they would fall away from Him and would suffer as a result. That isn’t good news for someone on his day of death: that the nation he tirelessly led was destined for ruin. At the same time, Moses had the privilege of seeing the Promised Land from on top of a mountain. He saw the very thing he had been leading the Israelites to for so many years. And though he was not able to enter in, he was able to see it from a distance and to know that the dream and the promise were finally realized.
I think that Moses’ final days serve as a reminder to us that, as a result of sin, the future looks bleak. But there is hope – a greater hope than even Moses understood. We have the privilege of living after Jesus’ selfless sacrifice, and we have the privilege of knowing that sin and death do not win this time. Moses used his life to point the people to the Lord. What will you use your life for?
Father, I want to leave a legacy of faith; I want my life to point people to You. In order to do that, though, I need to become less so You may be great. Thank You for the legacy that Moses left. Let me be willing to sacrifice myself, as Moses did, for Your glory. As a result of me, let people know You.