Pastor's Notes

MORE VALUEABLE THAN THE PROMISED LAND

Abraham Lincoln. He served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until he was assassinated in 1865 at the age of 56. The funeral service of his corpse was witnessed by a huge crowd of spectators. From then on, his casket was moved 17 times to prevent it from being stolen.
Moses was the great divine appointed leader of the Exodus leading toward the Promised Land, but God only allowed him to view the land from the top of Pisgah. In his prayer, he apparently doubted that he would live beyond 70 or 80 (Psalm 90:10), but in fact, he died at the age of 120 without any health issues. His physical strength enabled him to climb to the top of Pisgah. His eyes, physical and spiritual alike, clearly saw what God showed him (Deuteronomy 34:7).
Moses probably died on Mount of Nebo, though God brought his corpse and buried it in a valley in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34:6). He died, the Bible says, “according to the word of the LORD” (verse 5). In Hebrew, the “word of the LORD” literally appears as “the mouth of the LORD”. Midraschic interpretation understands this ending phrase as that Moses died “by a kiss of the LORD.” It means that he got a sudden, painless death. Furthermore, the LORD Himself officiated his funeral! No need to move his tomb because the LORD had a different plan for Moses. He would like to bring him back to life, eternal life, which made Satan jealousy died trying to keep the corpse forever in the tomb (Jude 9). What a blessing in disguise!
We learn that living for Jesus and dying in Him is a wonderful gain (Philippians 1:21). It is more valuable than anything in this world. Yes, Moses “died in faith, not having received” the Promised Land, only seeing from afar (Hebrews 11:13), but he got what is more valuable than that. Hence, for Moses death itself was not so bad after all. This applies for all of us who believe in Christ Jesus. Death is not so bad after all! The key is: Living for Christ and dying in Him. It is a great benefit especially for what awaits afterward.


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