So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
We have here a picture of how good men die.
1. They go to death. Not driven or dragged. Feel it to be a call from God to go and meet Him, and, being prepared, go forth willingly and with joy.
2. They go up to death. Not a leap in the dark. They spring up into life and light, holiness and heaven.
3. They go up alone to death. Have to leave nearest and dearest earthly friends behind.
I. WHAT WOULD THE CLOSING SCENE IN THE LIFE OF MOSES TEACH HIM?
1. That his life, though faulty, had not been a failure. God accepted it, and admitted him to the rest and recompense of the skies.
2. That though he had incurred the Divine displeasure, yet he had not forfeited the Divine favour. We may suffer disadvantage all through life, and loss at close of it by wrong-doing; but if we repent of the wrong, and are restored to God's favour, and retained in His service, He will still lead us on, and take us by the hand at last, and give us an abundant entrance into His everlasting joy.
3. That amid all his fears and anxieties he need not dread entering upon the solemn and nearing future.
II. WHAT DOES THE CLOSING SCENE IN THE LIFE OF MOSES TEACH US?
1. The incompleteness of human life.
2. The illusiveness of human life. We go in quest of rest and reward, and we know we shall secure them if we are firm and faithful; but how the goal we are seeking seems frequently to recede from us, and the prize we would secure seems to elude our grasp!
3. The inscrutableness of human life. The unexpected and apparently untimely departure of good and useful men fills us with wonder and dismay. We looked for continuation and completion of service; but lo, we have seen, instead, the deserted post and the vacant chair.
(F. W. Brown.)
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