So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
I. ACCORDING TO THE WARNING OF THE LORD.
1. His death was long foreseen. Have not we also had many warnings?
2. It was exceedingly disappointing. Are we ready to say as to our most cherished hope, "Thy will be done"? Are we holding our life's dearest purpose with a loose hand? It will be our wisdom so to do.
3. Apparently it was a severe chastisement. God will be sanctified in them that come near to Him.
4. It seemed a great calamity. He had been tutored by a long experience, chastened by a marvellous discipline, and elevated by a sublime intercourse with God; and yet must he die.
5. It was a sentence not to be averted by prayer.
II. ACCORDING TO THE DIVINE APPOINTMENT.
1. All the details of the death of Moses had been ordered by the Lord.
2. According to an appointment which is very general amongst God's people. Most men have to sow that others may reap. Let us be content to do our part in laying the foundation.
3. For a deep dispensational reason. The law may bring us to the borders of the promise, but only Joshua or Jesus can bring us into grace and truth. We also shall in life and death answer some gracious purpose of the Lord. Are we not glad to have it so?
III. ACCORDING TO THE LOVING WISDOM OF THE LORD.
1. By so doing he preserved his identity with the people for whom he had cared. For their sakes he had forsaken a princedom in Egypt, and now for their sakes he loses a home in Palestine. are not we satisfied to take our lot with the holy men and women who already sleep in Jesus?
2. He was thus released from all further trial. Do you grieve that the battle is fought, and the victory is won forever? We also in our deaths shall find the end of toil and labour, and the rest will be glorious.
3. He was relieved from a fresh strain upon him, which would have been involved in the conquest of Canaan. He would have crossed the Jordan not to enjoy the country but to fight for it: was he not well out of so severe a struggle? You think of the clusters of Eshcol, but I am thinking of the sieges and the battles. Was it so very desirable to be there? Would Moses really have desired that dreadful fray
IV. The way in which he died abundantly displays THE GRACE OF GOD.
1. After Moses had been well assured that he must die, you never hear a complaint of it, nor even a prayer against it.
2. Most fitly the old man called forth all his energies to finish his work. Is not this a fine fruit of grace? Oh, that we may bear it!
3. He did all that remained to be done, and then went willingly to his end. As flowers before they shed their leaves pour out all their perfumes, so let us pour out our souls unto the Lord.
V. ACCORDING TO THE DIVINE FAVOUR. His death leaves nothing to regret; neither is any desirable thing lacking. Failing to pass over Jordan seems a mere pin's prick, in presence of the honours which surrounded his departing hours. He now saw that he had fulfilled his destiny, and was not as a pillar broken short.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
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