No weak knees and astigmatism…singing, dancing and scaling the heights!
Last song, last will and testament, last climb, last look… and a lasting legacy of God’s faithfulness…
When Moses was 120 years old, just before he died, he taught and sang a song of praise (Deut 32). He blessed the Israelites (Deut 33). He climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho (Deut 34:1). God let Moses ‘see’ all the land that He was giving to His chosen people.
There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.
Imagine an eyesight that can see such a big vast land!
Who else in the bible had the record of climbing a mountain at the age of 120 to die there?!!! And it was said of him: his eyes were not weak and strength not gone (Deut 34:7)! And most of all, he had the only honor of having God bury him! (Deut 34:6)
Moses’ epitaph reads: (Deut 34:10-12) Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
To have the Lord know face to face, to be sent by the Lord to do signs, wonders and awesome deeds with mighty power, to have the Lord God be with him till his last breath, to have his Creator bury him in a place nobody else knows… Truly, what a long fruitfully meaningful life!
Moses prayed: Teach us to number our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom! (Psalm 90:12 NASB)
To put a number to each day of my life – to make it count for something – to be known by God face to face, this leads me to a heart of wisdom – to live a life that God will be pleased and honored. Teach me, Lord!