Saints, Friends, Countrymen~
As the end of the Torah rolled around a bit of sadness overcame me. The end of a forty year era was done. The end of Moses ministry to the people was done. The end of his event-filled 120 years was complete. There has been, nor ever will be a man like Moses. One can see now why is so revered in the Jewish Faith. “Moses and the Prophets,” they say. He embodied many attributes of Father. He was patient with the people, though at times wondered why he had to lead this group of rebellious and stiff-necked people. He interceded on their behalf for Father not to wipe them off the face of the earth. Moses stayed faithful to the wandering Hebrews, he never quit or left them on the side of the road. Yet in the end, even Father’s most favored man on the planet at the time had to deal with the result of his decisions and disobedience. Moses was not allowed to enter the place he vowed to lead the people towards. His forty years of education and training– lead to forty years of training with Father– which lead to his forty years of service– ending with looking at the place of promise.
Did any of you stop to ponder the choices for why which tribes were chosen to be on Mt. Gerazim and Mt. Ebal during the recitation of the blessings and curses? The two tribes from which the two positive spies surfaced, the priests, “Praise,” the youngest son from whom the first king came, the favored one of Jacob, and the laboring servant were all on the Mt. of Blessing. There are many reasons why the others on the Mt. of Curses side. See if you can come up with more than what I have listed.
When you read through the blessings and cursed in chapter 28, was there any evidence of which category events of your life fell in? Did you see any evidence of your obedience or disobedience and the results of said decisions?
In the end, I think the most poignant words to date are found in Deut. 32:47, “They are not just idle words for you– they are your life.” As we are reading all of these words and believe me, I know we have read a lot of words in the past two weeks, they are our life.
They are our sustenance,
they are our eternity,
they are our success,
they are our prosperity,
they are a key,
they are our nourishment,
they are our warfare,
they are a door to understanding Father,
they are victory,
they are a gift,
they are grace and mercy,
they are all we need for a life of faith and godliness.
In the beginning of Luke when Jesus was fasting, in the wilderness of all places, the Devil tempted him with the idea of turning stones into bread. The lesson there is not to make anything ultimate in our lives except the things of the Spirit. The rebuke of Jesus to Satan was we should not live on bread or anything else ultimate, but Father’s words. As we are digesting all of these words, remember they are life. They are what matters more than anything in the world.
Stay hungry my friends, you are about a most excellent thing. ~~Pastor Mark.