CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 59

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 27:12 ” And the LORD said unto Moses, get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.”

The Lord spoke to Moses concerning how he was going to die. He told him to get to the mountain Abarim and see the land that He had given unto the children of Israel. And when he had seen it, he shall die.

Moses had walked so closely with the Lord such that death could not overwhelm him. God had to tell him; it is time for you to leave this life. Deuteronomy 34:7 reads “And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural force abated”. What constituted to this condition of Moses? Moses was a man who he had a very close fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of life. The glory of God even rubbed on his face. It took God to tell him now you have to live this life. May you walk in the presence and power of the Spirit such that your physical body cannot be infirmed.

Moses, at this time had a very good relationship with the Lord yet, he was not to step on the promised land but, was only to see it. The Lord said he failed to sanctify him at the water before the eyes of the children of Israel (Numbers 27:14).

Moses did not act to bring honour to the name of God and for the glory of God. He said “……must we fetch you water out of this rock? He hit the rock twice. Life is to be led on God’s terms. It must be led to please him always failure in life is when a man does things to please himself. This was the experience of Moses and he was refused entry into the promised land.

The amazing act of Moses after God has said these things to him, was that he did not complain to God, rather he asked God for a successor to lead the children of Israel. Moses demonstrated the great deal of maturity. He was not selfish at all. “SELFISHNESS IS THE BEST PICTURE OF AN IMMATURE PERSON”. Moses was never selfish at this instant. He was thoughtful about the future of Israelites. *May we always be concerned about the bigger picture or the larger body. He was concerned about what affected the larger body rather than looking inwards to himself and his loss. Although Moses was not permitted to enter the promised land, he maintains his submission to the will of God. He allowed God to be the Lord of his affairs. Moses could have allowed bitterness to eat him up. He passed the test excellently. May you also come through successfully when life offers to you a very difficult test.

Once again know that life is not about us but about God and his interests. We are only successful when we seek his interests.

PRAYER

O God help us to remain submissive to your will at all times. Help us to always see the bigger picture that would bring glory to your name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 5:15 ” And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Hebrews 12:15 ” Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”

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