Today we come to the close of our journey through the book of Deuteronomy. Don’t miss tomorrow as we begin walking through 1 & 2 Peter together!
Today’s ending can probably be best described as a “hopeful” ending rather than a “happy” one. This is because Moses was not able to enter the promised land because of his disobedience (Deut. 32:51-52; for further study, check out this article). But God in his grace did allow Moses to see the promised land that he had worked his life to lead his people to, even if he did so imperfectly. It ends on a hopeful note because in God’s punishment for Moses’s disobedience, we see immediately following that God is still going to keep his promise to Israel by using Joshua to lead the people into the land.
What is also striking is how the focus of this passage is on God, not on Moses. Moses is said to be the greatest prophet in the history of Israel, and yet he was not able to fulfill the ultimate purpose of his leadership—to lead the people to the promised land. This should serve as a great reminder to us that we are completely dispensable. Yes, God chooses to use us and overcome our weaknesses, but he does not do so based off any merit of our own—he does it because of his grace and for the purpose of his glory. This is a great reminder to keep the focus off of ourselves, and direct it toward God.
As we close the book of Deuteronomy, what are some of the most important lessons you learned? Share and comment below!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate