Moses and Israel
Book of Deuteronomy Chapters 31 33 and 34
Most people do not realize that the life of Moses began when His mother chose to not allow the government to abort her child.
It is the same abortion process that is allowed in some states today.
The government ordered all the male babies of Israel to be destroyed and the female babies allowed to live to become sex slaves.
Abortion after nine months is nothing but murder, in fact abortion at any stage of a baby’s development is nothing but murder!
Abortion needs to be outlawed completely.
Moses grew up to be a great man and a great leader of Israel.
What is greatness?
Greatness as far as humanity can be said to be a high rank, a placed of elevation, a place of high dignity, a place of much power, a place with command of others, a place of swelling pride.
Guess what, almost every human being goes through a period in their lives when they want to feel that they are great.
That they are far above other people.
That they are important in this world and more important than most others.
We see rulers and presidents who have this feeling of greatness.
We see governments that claim greatness because of certain laws.
Today we see politicians who think they know more of what of what people need than the people do, especially parents.
This is called indoctrination, but this is for another lesson.
It is not wealth, nor influence, nor fame that gets the attention of God. It is humility!
Humility can be described as a state of mind that is well-pleasing to God!
It is humility that preserves the soul:
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our example of humility as He is our example in all things.
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God greatest promises are to those who are humble in spirit!
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Those who are contrite are all those are all those who are broken hearted because they have sinned against our Holy God.
We should all be ashamed that we were such sinners!
Moses was God’s man and the mediator between all of Israel and the Almighty God.
Moses was now 120 years old. His life was spent in 40-year increments.
Forty years as the grandson of Pharaoh.
Forty years as a lowly shepherd.
Forty years leading the Israelites to a promised land that he would not get to see with his own eyes.
*Deu 31:1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
Deu 31:2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
Deu 31:3 The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said.
It was finally time for these children of Israel to enter the promised land, but Moses was forbidden by God to do so.
His days had ended.
Moses said to these people that his days as a leader had ended because his death was approaching.
One of the greatest types in all the Bible was about to take place.
Joshua, Hoshea, Yehoshua in Hebrew would lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land just as Yeshua, Jesus will lead the Church into the New Heaven, the true Promised Land.
Even in his humility, Moses was a great prophet of Jehovah.
He was the Lawgiver to the Jews.
In fact, even at the time of Jesus, Moses was known as the Law Giver.
Notice that Moses had been prepared and then performed the work of God for 120 years.
Reminds us of Noah who built the Ark and preached to unrepentant sinners for 120 years.
Moses had known that he would not enter Canaan Land.
Deu 32:48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,
Deu 32:49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
Deu 32:50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
Deu 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
Deu 32:52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.
We must not think that Moses was on his death bed for he was not.
Deu 34:7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
He could not go in and out. He could not perform the day-by-day function of leader to this people.
Nothing could be done to change this fact that Moses would not lead these people into the promised land, so Moses began to encourage them.
Great Spiritual leaders may come and go, but the message of God and the truths of God do not ever change!
As Christians it is our job to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ!
As we go through these days we call life, we find that we need strong encouragement most of the time, but the fact remains that sometimes we need a strong warning, as it is today as we see the end of the Church Age approaching.
The Church needs to wake up to these facts!
We need to understand the consequences of the decisions we make in this life!
We must understand that it is our faith that will provided that encouragement and it is our faith that we need to grow!
Though Moses would no longer be the leader of this new nation of Israel, he promised them that God would still with them.
The Lord will always fulfill the promises He makes, no matter what is going on in the world.
Joshua had proven himself to Moses and to God, and Joshua would lead this people into the Promised Land just as the Lord Jesus will lead the Church into the true Promised Land the New Heaven.
Before Joshua would take over in place of Moses, Moses had to complete that first copy of all the Law he had received from Jehovah and the people would first hear the first five Books of the Bible from Moses himself.
We sometimes forget that Moses was one of the greatest men that had ever lived.
We know that Moses was one of the two men that appeared at the time of the transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ, Elijah being the other man.
God thought an awful lot of Moses and these Jews would do so also.
If anyone could offer encouragement to these people, it would be Moses.
Remember they had witnessed all their elders die in the wilderness because of their refusal to be obedient to God.
Another thing we should understand when serving the Lord is, that He will never send us into any place that He has not gone on before us to begin His work.
We see this today in places where God has called missionaries to specific places because the Holy Spirit has already been at work there.
Joshua had been prepared all his life to take the reins from Moses and he had never faltered.
These people had to realize that their strength did not come from the size of their army nor from their own abilities.
Their strength could come only from the LORD!
This is the same lesson the Church must learn and each of us that believe!
Our strength comes only from the Lord Jesus!
It should be the goal of every individual to want victory in this life and that victory can come only by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Joh 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is our refuge at all times and under all circumstances!
*Deu 33:26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
Deu 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
That name Jeshurun could be said to be God’s “pet name” or “nick name” for Israel.
It could be phrased “the righteous little people” or “the dear upright people” for we know that Israel was a small nation at this time, but they were the people of God.
They were a people without a country!
The thing this world had better keep in mind is, that true Israel will be preserved to serve God during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ and there is nothing that this world can do about it and before this, the Lord will have removed His Church.
It does not matter that the world does not believe this!
Anyone with plans to attack Israel had best be aware God will always be on their side!
Remember from last week, God will rejoice in the destruction of all those who try to destroy Israel!
There is nothing in this world that you could compare to the power of God!
Jehovah will always be the Eternal Refuge of Israel!
Jehovah will always be the Saving Help of these, His people!
There is none like unto Jehovah God!
There is none that can compare to Jehovah God!
It was time for Israel to realize this truth and to be honest, it is past time for the world of today to know this truth.
Why does the world keep falling into the traps of evolution?
Why does the world keep believing it can control the outcome of sin?
Sin comes by the hand of Satan and is intended to destroy us all!
Tax revenues made from sin, would not be that important if governments were better stewards of its national resources!
God is the Dwelling-place and the Refuge of His people, and this includes the Church!
It is God the LORD who is our Protector from the storms of life!
If God sends us into the storm, then He will go with us and He is never far from us!
We are always trying to figure out what God is going to do, or to allow to happen in this world, but all the major things are written down for in the Word of God!
What we know is, that Heaven is a busy place as the Lord Jesus is preparing a place for all His children.
We need to keep the Lord Jesus Christ busy building mansions!
For Jesus is truly our refuge in times of trouble!
Not for those who reject the Word of God, but only for those who are obedient to all the Word of God and who diligently seek Him!
Jehovah is glorious in His majesty.
Jehovah has absolute sovereignty over ALL His creation.
Jehovah has power infinitely beyond comprehension or even resistance.
Jehovah is Divine in His character!
Isa 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
Isa 40:19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
Isa 40:20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
Isa 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
Isa 40:23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
This truth is so obvious today, but the truth of God is still rejected so people can believe lies!
It does not matter what the world believes, Israel dwells in the safety of Jehovah God every day as does the Church!
Israel’s God and God’s Israel.
*Deu 33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Deu 33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Egypt had so many gods that some people would say they grew them in their own gardens.
This could be said of this world we live in today!
This could be said of the USA today, as America looks more like the world every day now.
I have this question that haunts me: “Why do we even want to be like the world especially the European Union”?
We had a war to be free from the Europeans to get our nation started.
Why do we want to be like them now? They have not changed for the better!
If America is Sodom, then Europe is Gomorrah!
We should want to be more like the vision of those who came to America to serve the Lord Jesus Christ!
If America would just repent, we would see so many good changes come in the form of God’s love!
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
There is coming a day when all of Israel’s enemies will be found to be liars.
In fact there is coming a day when all God’s enemies will be found to be liars.
They are liars because they follow their true god, Satan the father of all liars!
The Lord Jesus had these words to say:
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
There are many nations today that are becoming friends of Israel and they had better be truthful and for those who swear to destroy Israel they will certainly be found liars!
It was time for Moses to disappear off the scene and Joshua to take the reins of Israel, but before this happened the Holy Spirit still had some things to say about Moses.
As we study the Scriptures, we will find that there has not been another prophet as was Moses who did speak to Jehovah face to face.
Moses has now been buried in a place no one but God knows.
Deu 34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
Deu 34:6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
*Deu 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
Deu 34:11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
Deu 34:12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
Another thing we see is that when our own work is done, God will call on someone else to continue that work.
The work for Jesus Christ will not be complete until He returns to take His Church home to the New Heaven!
To be honest there were many great prophets to accept the cause of God after the death of Moses, but God spoke to them in a different way.
Moses was a type of Christ, and this could not be said of all the prophets that followed even though they too were great men of God.
They were to be more like the preachers and Pastors of today, but they did many times show the power of God.
As it did to Moses, death will sometimes reveal to us all the missed opportunities where we made the wrong choices in this thing called life.
These things may cause us sadness, but the main thing today in the Church Age is, “to get your name written down in the Lambs Book of Life”.
Moses is in Heaven because he had the “faith” of Abraham!
We can only get to Heaven if we have the “faith” of Abraham in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Abraham believed God!
Moses had requested to see the glory of God and because he was a sinner, he could not, but he has now seen all the glory of the Lord.
Death is that place where the man of God steps into the glory world just as Moses did.
Israel was now prepared to enter into the Promised Land.
All that old bunch of naysayers had died and gone on to the grave to await their future in a burning Hell, but Moses had taken that young nation of Israel and with the help of God formed them into a mighty army.
We should understand this is the job of national leaders to prepare our nation to moved forward in a productive manner and not be brainwashed into something that suits them.
God does not want an indoctrinated youth!
Communism exist today because the youth of those nations were indoctrinated and it is happening in America today.
God wants a youth brought up having been influenced by the Word of God.
Moses drew closer to God as he had gotten older.
Moses was a liberator.
Moses was a prophet.
Moses a lawgiver.
Moses was the father of Israel.
Moses had done all these things because He had believed God and followed all the Word of God.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Moses had made a record of all the things God had done to make Israel a great nation.
All these things were done to Israel so that one day not too far into our own future and of Israel, there would be a King again to sit upon the throne of Israel and the promises God had made would be fulfilled.
Moses longed to know the Lord personally and intimately, and this was the driving force in his fellowship with God and is our example of how we can do the same.
Jesus Christ said:
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
All the Word of God is true, and we had better know that it is!