Lessons From the Life of Moses: Part 1
When your life here on earth is over, for what would you like to be remembered? What will people say and remember about you? What would others learn about your life if they never knew you, but read your obituary?
There is one way I would NOT like to be remembered and it is this! This is a true story, a real obituary that was written by the daughter of a woman who passed away in August of 2008 in Vallejo California and this is what the daughter wrote about her mother in her obituary!
Dolores Aguilar 1929 – Aug. 7, 2008
Dolores Aguilar, born in 1929 in New Mexico, left us on August 7, 2008. Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing. Her family will remember Dolores and amongst ourselves we will remember her in our own way, which were mostly sad and troubling times throughout the years. We may have some fond memories of her and perhaps we will think of those times too. But I truly believe at the end of the day ALL of us will really only miss what we never had, a good and kind mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I hope she is finally at peace with herself.
As for the rest of us left behind, I hope this is the beginning of a time of healing and learning to be a family again. There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart. We cannot come together in the end to see to it that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say their goodbyes. So I say here for all of us, GOOD BYE, MOM.
Lessons From the Life of Moses: Part 1
Well, the good news is that Moses life was in stark contrast to that of Delores Aguilar…in fact, this lesson opens in Deuteronomy 33:1 by stating that Moses was referred to as, “the man of God”…
And in Chapter 34:16 we read the words, “Since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, who the Lord knew face to face!”
And though those words were mostly likely not written by Moses, for how could a dead man write his own obituary, the words were most definitely written under the divine inspiration of God sometime later and inserted here for us to glean from Moses life and example.
We read over and over again how Moses had pleased God in all that he said and did and he will end his life in much the same way as he lived his life, by being faithful to God, upholding God’s Word and loving on God’s people, even when they didn’t deserve it!
Moses life leaves for us all a legacy that is worth repeating! And that legacy I believe is this:
The Legacy of Love, Love for God, Love for His Word and Love for His people!
We find this commandment in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as Moses instructs the people, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk or we could say work. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads…or today we would say keep the word of God ever before you…on you iPads, iPhones, on Facebook…in other words…place God’s Word wherever you will read it!
Moses knew and lived by these words! And though Moses, himself had failed God more than once, he also knew the all sufficient grace and abounding mercy of God to cover his sins with love and forgiveness as he repented and turned the other way! God’s Way!
I Corinthians 13:8 tell us that, “God’s love never fails.” What does it mean that God’s love never fails! It means that God’s love is rock solid, it never runs out…Paul said in Hebrews 13:5 that God, promised His people that His love will never leave you; nor will He ever forsake or abandon you! God is faithful!
In Romans 8:38-39 Paul tells us that, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This reminds us that nothing or no one can separate us from the love of God…not even ourselves, once we have truly confessed Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord!
And in Psalm 136 we read the words over and over again that God’s love endures forever!
Let me ask you, who is a God like that!!! No One! There is no one like our God!
And so, immediately after Moses had spoken both God’s words of warning and hope and before Moses takes his last breath, his very last words are words of praise to God and blessings for the people…
What words are you speaking today, friend? Are your words blessings others or breaking them done. Do you words breathe life into another or suck the life out of them. How do you want to be remembered? It’s never too late to change what you will you be remembered for when you’re gone. Speak Words of Truth in Love! This is life giving!
The greatest legacy a believer can leave behind for others, is a love for God, a love for His Word and a love for His people!