TITLE: Old Man Moses 1/25/19
By Bonnie Kronberger
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OLD MAN MOSES
Trudging up the steep hillside, unstable stones made the walk difficult. The old man was bent forward, stabbing his staff firmly into the ground, propelling himself upward, step by step. One hundred and twenty years of living had forced him to face many hardships and seemingly impossible obstacles, so why should this be so hard? But this journey up to the top of Mount Nebo was more than a hike. It was the culmination of a long ago promised discipline. Whenever he thought on it, he secretly hoped that the punishment would be rescinded, but now hope was gone.
Sweat trickled down his forehead from the heat of the merciless sun. As the rhythm of his body slowly moved him up the mountain, his mind was free to recall that awful day….
It had been a hard time. He was so tired of leading such a rebellious group through the desert. But he had been called to the job, and he would do what was required of him. There had been other difficult tasks to do, and the way had always opened up to accomplish them. He had no doubt that it would be the same this time.
“What went wrong?” His weary mind wondered. “I had no intention to disobey the instructions. I never planned to take credit for the miracle.”
He remembered the frustration, the thirst. Reaching for his wine skin, he thankfully drank deeply of the warm water. His thoughts returned to the memory. “My body was worn and my thinking was flawed. I lost focus of what was important and what was required. I was irritated at the continual grumbling and complaining, and I angrily reacted as I struck the rock. Anger was not a good choice.”
His eyes were drawn to the summit of Mount Nebo, called Pisgah, and his mind returned to the reason for this climb. He was to meet the Lord here, and God would allow him to see all the splendor of the Promised Land, although he would never enter in. Moses was resigned to this fact. After a lifetime of following the one true God, he had a strong faith and a limited understanding of His purposes. So before he began this long climb, Moses had spoken to the people the words of the Lord, reminding them of God’s faithfulness even to the unfaithful.
The beauty and magnitude of the Promised Land was stunning. True, Moses would never cross through the Jordon River himself. But he did love these people, whom he had led for so long, and he was happy they would settle in the land of milk and honey, even if he could not.
The old man was tired and didn’t mind slowing down. His thankfulness knew no bounds, because God had restored their relationship in spite of his disobedience. He was grateful that he had completed the job after forty years and had brought God’s people to this journey’s end.
The trip down Mount Nebo was with a lighter step. God had been faithful and true and Moses had seen His glory. The Lord had accomplished His purposes through this faithful servant. When the old man had descended the mountain, God led him to a secret place of which no one knows. This is where Moses died. His Heavenly Father gently, lovingly, buried him there.
Centuries later Moses once again meets God on the top of a mountain. This was a magnificent gathering. Jesus led Peter, James, and John to this place to witness the Splendor of Heaven. On the Mount of Transfiguration God provided a Glory Party, with Jesus as the guest of honor. The party began when Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and they too were embraced in His bright cloud of glory. The three immediately began talking. No one knows the whole conversation, but this Glory Party will only be topped when we enter into God’s Party Room.
Whatever difficulties and disappointments life threw at Moses, now were of no account. Two different mountaintop experiences, both filled with the glory of God. Joy unspeakable overwhelmed Moses as he completed his journey to the heavenly place prepared for him, where he was welcomed into the Presence of the Lord, forever.
Based on Deuteronomy 34, Matthew 17:1-5, and John 14:2
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