The Death of Moses

5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of

Moab, according to the word of the Lord, 6 and he buried him in

the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one

knows the place of his burial to this day. 7 Moses was 120

years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor

unabated. 8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the

plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and

mourning for Moses were ended.

Deut 34:5-8 ESV
As I read this passage today several truths came to mind.
  1. God is faithful to His word.  He told Moses much earlier that because of his sin he would not enter into the promise land.  That is what indeed happened. 
  2. Even though we sin, God extends His grace and mercy toward us.  Moses, although he could not enter the promised land, did get a tour of it  from God.
  3. When our work is done on the earth god brings us to Himself.  Moses could have lived several more years and been fruitful but that is not God's plan and purpose for his life. 
  4.   The work of God will march on when we leave this earthly temple.  Joshua was ready and took the reigns of leadership from Moses. 
  5. Grieving for those who die is a natural human emotion.  And yet, after grieving for a period we must go forward with the work God  has for each of us.

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