I gotta say I love it when God uses scripture to shine a light on something he’s been teaching me.
I was reading Deuteronomy 34 this morning and something popped out that I’d never noticed before… God actually buried Moses himself.
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. 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. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not crossover into it.”
5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
I looked this up in a commentary because it was new to me and I wanted to understand more. (check out Enduring Word Bible Commentary if you want to check it out yourself)
What I read there in the commentary was the following and it struck me this morning as confirmation of something God’s spoken to me before and which I wrote about here.
Moses’ epitaph – what we might call the line on his tombstone, though he actually had none – was simple.
· It was not “Moses, Prince of Egypt.”
· It was not “Moses, Murderer of an Egyptian.”
· It was not “Moses, Shepherd in the Wilderness.”
· It was not “Moses, Spokesman for a Nation.”
· It was not “Moses, Miracle Worker.”
· It was not “Moses, Prophet.”
· It was not “Moses, the Man Who Saw a Piece of God’s Glory.”
· It was not “Moses, Who Never Entered the Promised Land.”
· At the end of it all, the title was simple: Moses the servant of the Lord.
In other words… what God prized was not what Moses DID, but what he WAS. A servant of the Lord.
And he had such a close relationship with God that he was buried by God Himself!!
It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea that we need to be doing all these great things for God. But when we shift from seeking God and obeying Him to focusing on what we’re doing or accomplishing, we are missing the mark.
Let’s seek God and be servants as He leads.