Deuteronomy 30 – Joshua 9
The last man to ‘see God and live’ is introduced in Exodus. Moses grew up in a life of luxury before he was forced to run away after murdering an Egyptian slave driver. God then tells Moses that he will be the one to deliver Israel from slavery which kicks off a unique relationship in history. I don’t know what it is the God sees in the people He selects to execute His missions. We see this in the first book of Samuel where God tells Samuel “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Moses’ journey is so fascinating, not just his journey leading the Israelites but his walk with God as well. In the beginning, he is hesitant with God and is always doubting as to why he has to be the one to lead Israel then fast-forward towards the end of his life, and he is dictating the law of the land on God’s behalf.
Of course, his life and journey aren’t all good. He sins against God and is then not allowed to enter the promised land that he’s been leading the Israelites towards. We read this punishment, and our instant reaction is how unfair, why is God so petty especially after all that Moses has done. How many of these same people would accuse themselves of being petty when they discipline their children? Moses was very faithful to God and did a lot for God, but he didn’t free the Israelites from Egypt. This is the benefit of being God. Moses’ purpose was to help free the Israelites, deliver God’s instruction, and lead them to the promised land.
Moses’ life is a bit tragic, but he also got to experience something no man has experienced since, God’s presence. This is no small thing; not only did Moses grow comfortable speaking to the Hebrew people he also grew in confidence when speaking to God. The relationship here I find so interesting in small part because before He spoke to Moses, there were four hundred years of silence. The exodus mission was meant for Moses to lead and Moses alone (along with Aaron) no matter how many centuries it would take. God chose Moses and knew he was going to lead His people back when He was telling Abraham that his descendants would be slaves.
What can we take away from Moses? First, God has already selected us for His mission, and we decide whether we follow in it or not. Moses had every opportunity to turn God down, but God always had a retort to Moses’ objections. What objections are we still giving God?
Second, God is faithful. When God is filled with rage and wants to bring judgment on the Israelites Moses is there to plead on their behalf, and God listens to him. God understands the human condition and what he seeks most in His people is confession and repentance because these things lead to a close and meaningful relationship with Him.
Lastly, God is just. The man hand selected with leading the exodus from Egypt, who was faithful to God and led the Hebrew people for over forty years to the promised land, would not be allowed to enter said promised land. We like to mainly talk about the good things of God, good in a way that benefits us, and not think about the “bad” things. Yes God is love, yes God is great, and yes God is good, and for all that to be true He is also just. He is so just that He sends His Son to be the sacrifice and atonement for man’s sin. God the invulnerable made Himself vulnerable and died so that He may have fellowship with man. Like King David said, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” Who was Moses that He loved Him so much? Who are we that He sacrificed His only Son because He desperately wants a relationship with us?