Well, today is our final day in Deuteronomy which also marks our final day in the Books of the Law.
In chapter 34, Moses finally passes away, and the final verses of the entire book speak to the service that Moses had performed for Israel and God.
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.
There were a lot of prophets who would come down the road in Israel. However, Moses was the only one who literally knew God face-to-face. He led the nation of Israel through what was one of the most difficult times in their history, and he almost always did what God told him to do.
The final verse stood out to me as well. Moses might have been a powerful man on earth, but he still showed God all the respect that He deserved. He was able to keep his perspective and recognize that all of his power came directly from God. He knew that he was blessed, and he knew that he had a subsequent responsibility to follow God’s will.
I just have a few takeaways then as we depart from the first five books of the Bible.
I have been struck by the synergy between these books and the New Testament. Obviously, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ changed everything in terms of the sacrificial system, but at the same time, many of the same attitudes of praising God, living rightly and loving other people have been almost identical to their New Testament counterparts.
I know that it can be easy to fall into the trap of somehow believing that the Old Testament is not important. After all, Jesus is what really matters, and He is in the New Testament.
I would argue however that I have tried to point you to clear references to Jesus from all of these books. By reading the whole Bible, we can have a better understanding of the entire character of God. We still cannot comprehend the entire character of God, but the Old Testament, and particularly these five books, have helped me so far.
I think that Numbers 28 is particularly interesting because everything is done down to the details.
Num 28:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 28:2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.
For me, the fact that God talked about making offerings at the right time is significant. We need to do things in God’s time rather than our own time.
Of course, we don’t need to burn sacrifices like the Israelites did, but I think that this passage should be important to us. We need to understand that God has a plan for everyone, but His time is not necessarily our time.
Joh 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
Joh 21:21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Essentially, Jesus told Peter that he shouldn’t worry about the timing of God. In this passage, I think that he is talking about end times prophecy, but I think that the message is clear for any point in history.
Undoubtedly, we need to make sure that we are on the lookout for God, but the timing of God is different. He fulfills everything for His own purposes at the exact time He wants it done. There are millions of things that we could worry about, but this is really unnecessary. God just says that we need to follow Him just like He told the Israelites that they needed to make those sacrifices.
As much as He cared about that in the Old Testament, He will care about us forever as well. Our responsibility is not to worry about the exact plan. We are supposed to follow God as He leads, and from that, God will display parts of His time to us.
We may not understand all of His “seasons,” but it is a good thing that God does and is willing to guide our path.