Good Morning Friends and Happy Wednesday!
As you know tonight is Soup and Bread. I look forward to our time together and our conversation.
Tomorrow is Laundry Love and our little "birthday party." If you were intending to donate quarters for this week and haven’t done so we could still use a little more help for this week.
This Sunday Deuteronomy 34
We have come almost to the end of our Exodus journey. This Sunday we are going to be discussing the death of Moses, which is recorded in the book of Deuteronomy. Isn’t this a beautiful text and "eulogy?"
“Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the LORD showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the LORD’S command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:1–12)
- While reading and reflecting on this text, what raises up within you?
- What is important about this loss of Moses for the development of Israel?
- What significance is there that Moses laid hands on Joshua?
- What might this text tell us about approaching the end of life?
May God’s peace be evident in you and exemplified through you the rest of this week.