Tuesday March 16, 2021
Text: Deuteronomy 33: 18-29
Theme: Moses’ Parting Words
Moses’ parting words are full of prayers of blessings and declarations of God’s unwavering faithfulness. He continues his prayer of blessing to the least of all the tribes. Isn’t it surprising that the there is no record of prayers for his own personal children? He recognises his position as a father in Israel. Hence, he stood before God to request for good upon the people he’s led. In other words The fulfilment of God’s promises is more important to him than any other thing. His wish for the Lord’s people to prosper and rightly possess their possession is of higher priority to him than any material or personal gain. Obviously, this is the heart of a true leader. We pray for such selfless, humble and wise leaders for the church and the world at large.
The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will trust out the enemies from before you and will shout destroy! (Verse 27)
The above verse is one of my favourite verses in the scriptures. I consider it one of the best gifts of Moses to me personally. He assures the believer that God whom he trust in is not fickle. Neither is he a mere man who is here today and gone tomorrow. No! He doesn’t die. He is eternal and everlasting. Moreover, the one whom I have made my refuge exists forever. So, there is a great assurance of the kind of God we serve. He is static, unchanging, immoveable. He moves even beyond the heavens and the clouds to help me. What then shall I fear?
Verse 29 concludes the whole matter;
Happy are you O Israel who is like you a people saved by the lord. The shield of your help and the sword of your majesty, your enemies shall submit to you and you shall tread down their high places!
What a blessed assurance! Our confidence is in the fact that we are saved by God. More so, we are in a covenant relationship ratified by the blood of Jesus. This is the most wonderful testimony of a believer. It is our comfort, strength and hope. Moses, the man who saw God’s form and yet lived, is giving us this testimony as his parting word to us. In conclusion, Moses knows that nothing is more important than the heritage of salvation. Therefore beloved, be happy. Anoint your head with oil and dance for joy because you are saved by God!