Text: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
For confidence in the face of death
For confidence in the one who draws us out of the water
For those who rescue stranded climbers and hikers
THIS SATURDAY HAS THE ACCOUNT of the death of Moses. His eulogy is simple: there has never been another like him, for the Lord God knew him face to face, and he did signs, wonders, mighty and terrible deeds which the people of Israel witnessed.
Of course, it is God, working through Moses, that accomplishes all these things: the rescue from Egypt, the journey across the wilderness, the provision of food and drink, the victories over those who attacked the people along the way. Moses is who he is because God is who God is. Moses very name, "drawn out,” might be connected to the story of Pharaoh’s daughter, but the implication is that God drew Moses out of the water—God drew Moses out of death. God then tells Moses that he will save his people, he will draw them out of the death of bondage and slavery.
And God has come to us, looked on us and drawn us out of the water. We have been set free from the bondage to sin; we have been provided food for our journey to the Promised Land; we have been and will be given victory over all that assails us until we enter, by God’s grace, into that good land of which we have caught a glimpse.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks