STAY TRUE TO GOD
A blessing and then a death
Jerry A Collins
v What are the blessings we receive from God today?
v Are the consequences of our sins removed here?
v How should a believer view the reality of death?
All of us want to pass on
blessings to our children. We want them to have an exemplary life that can be
developed and enhanced by the favor we have with our family.The
blessing we have here is the blessing of Moses given just before his death. It
was a customary thing for a father to pass on a blessing just before his death.
We see that with Isaac blessing his sons or Jacob’s blessing in Genesis 49.
Moses the leader of the exodus and the mediator at Mt Sanai
was in a very real sense the
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Moses gives a statement about
each of the tribes of
1-5 Here is the introduction to the blessing
and it is interesting to compare these statements with Jacob’s in Genesis 49. The
point is that God has been in charge all along the way. He has been the source
of their blessing all along. He uses people like Moses for instance to bring
that blessing about. He uses us in the same way. Then he gives his blessings to
each of the individual tribes in
Reuben 6 There is prosperity for Reuben the firstborn. Jacob said he would not prosper because he went to Jacob’s concubine’s bed. This is a blessing to overcome a special adversity that could cripple this tribe’s influence.
Simeon is not mentioned
in Moses’ list. Probably because their land was inside of and
would be absorbed by the much larger tribe of
Levi 8-11 Let their decisions be from godly men. The Thummin and Urim were two
precious stones used in casting of lots to receive divine answers in difficult
matters. The Levites will have the responsibility of teaching the Law to
Benjamin 12 Jacob said he was a ravenous wolf. They were known as left-handed fighters. That Benjamin may no security and peace in spite of it being the smallest tribe in the nation.
Joseph 13-17 Joseph (tribes of his sons Manasseh and Ephraim). Jacob says they are a fruitful bough. These were the largest tribes of the north.
Zebulun 18 Always on the fringe of things, up in
Issachar 19 Is also named along with Zebulun the larger tribe of the two but both with the same kind of blessing somehow associated with the sea.
Gad 20-21 This tribe had a large area east of the
Naphtali 23 Take possession of the fertile land around the sea of Galilee. Like Joseph’s sons, this tribe would enjoy the favor of God and His special blessing.
24-25 The northern coastland
Our God is unique 26-29
1. Incomparable in power 26. No matter the adversity the nation may encounter, the Lord could be there instantly with power to deliver her.
2. An eternal refuge 27. God’s everlasting arms a figure for protection in calamity even as enemy is destroyed.
3. Serving this God would make
1. All blessings come from God and are not from our talents, skills, bad luck, good luck or anything else. God is the sole originator of any we acknowledge or experience.
2. As physical reproduction in the land was a blessing
3. As believer-priests, we should be more interested in God’s interests than in human interests. What is it that God wants. We are always directing people vertically. 4. Whatever we go through in life, God’s wish for us is to have a heavenly blessing. So pursue that in every dimension of your life.
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went up from the plains of
2-4 God let Moses see the length and breadth of the land but he was not to go into it.
5-6 So Moses died there according to God’s Word and he was buried there and no one knows where he is buried.
7 Here is an editorial comment possibly from Joshua. A comment that describes the vitality of Moses even at 120 yrs—his eye was not dim nor his vigor abated.
8 The nation weeped for Moses for thirty days. This must have been heart-felt grief at the loss of a giant of a man.
9 There is no need to look for a replacement. Joshua had already been prepared and appointed. He was filled with the spirit of wisdom ready to take on the responsibility passed down to him.
10 Another editorial comment here. Since then, there has been no other prophet like Moses, who knew God face to face. Moses was unique among all of the prophets for his intimacy with the Lord.
11-12 Moses had performed all kinds of
miraculous things in the
1500 years later, this same Moses appears with Elijah to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. He is alive and well and the same person he was on earth. His service was over here and he had done all that God had asked of Him. He is now doing service for the Lord in heaven.
1. So far, death is 100%. Even Moses, the man of God, whom the Lord knew face-to-face, had to die.
2. The consequences of our sin are not removed. Even when our relationship with God is secure and our fellowship with God is renewed. Sin’s consequences must still be dealt with and managed.
3. Death for the believer is to be gathered to his or her people—other believers—where he or she is the same person he or she was on earth.
4. While death ends a person’s service for the Lord, it also becomes the beginning for someone else to step into the gap and carry on the work in a new way or new direction. God had prepared Joshua to build on the work Moses had established. Both works were necessary and the one was not more important than the other. Each one made a significant contribution to the overall execution of God’s plan.