"The Death of Moses"
34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 And the Lord said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, 'I will give it to your offspring.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there." 5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. 8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Yes, there was none like Moses before or after him, that the Lord knew face to face. But also Moses was counted among the Israelites who was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of his sin. In stead of speaking to the rock so that water gushed out of it, as the Lord had commanded him, he decided to strike the rock instead. That little sin, as trivial as it may sound, was what kept Moses from entering. It may sounded trivial, but it wasn't to God. To God it looked like disobedience just like Adam and Eve's. To God it looked like a sin he would have to send His Son to die for. To God, that one sin deserved hell just as much as a million other sins that Moses had committed.
When you are thinking of your own sinfulness, don't compare it to others. You may be better than others, and your sins may not even compare in how serious you think they are. But just remember that God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden for eating a piece of fruit that was off limits. He considers all sins rebellion against him. As innocent as you may think they are, there is no such thing as innocent sin.
All sin, even if it is just one lone sin, condemns!
At the same time, we see him at the Transfiguration speaking with the Lord Jesus. That tells us something. It tells us that the Lord Jesus was still with Him even in death. It shows us that Moses is still alive with Jesus! Jesus saved Moses just like He will save you!
Rejoice that even though your sin is serious, Christ's grace is more serious! He has conquered sin and death!
Prayer: Lord, help me to realize the seriousness of my sins so that I may turn to you, my Savior! Amen.
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; SCRIP ORDERS DUE
Acolyte- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher; 11- Hannah Johnson
Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean up- Terry McKenzie
Elders- Sat- Jason Cluver; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Randy and Patty Sweet
Lay readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11 - Randy Sweet
Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Sun 11am pianist- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Tony and Sandra Perricone 8:30- Sarah Cluver; 11- Hannah Johnson
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: From whom did Moses get most of the materials for the tabernacle?
Moses asked for contributions from the people. Contributions received were gold silver and bronze, blue, purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goat's hair, tanned rams' skins, goatskins, acacia wood, oil for the lamps, spices for anointing oil and the fragrant incense, onyx stones, and stones for setting for the ephod and for the breast plates. THANKS AGAIN DON NOLTE!!
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For PASTOR KLAUSTERMEIER as he tries to recover from bronchitis (and who knows what else.)