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Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Mount Pisgah east of Jericho, and there the Lord showed him the whole land: the territory of Gilead as far north as the town of Dan; 2the entire territory of Naphtali; the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh; the territory of Judah as far west as the Mediterranean Sea; 3the southern part of Judah; and the plain that reaches from Zoar to Jericho, the city of palm trees. 4Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land that I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob I would give to their descendants. I have let you see it, but I will not let you go there.”
5 So Moses, the Lord’s servant, died there in the land of Moab, as the Lord had said he would. 6The Lord buried him in a valley in Moab, opposite the town of Bethpeor, but to this day no one knows the exact place of his burial. 7Moses was 120 years old when he died; he was as strong as ever, and his eyesight was still good. 8The people of Israel mourned for him for 30 days in the plains of Moab.
9 Joshua son of Nun was filled with wisdom, because Moses had appointed him to be his successor. The people of Israel obeyed Joshua and kept the commands that the Lord had given them through Moses.
10 There has never been a prophet in Israel like Moses; the Lord spoke with him face to face. 11No other prophet has ever done miracles and wonders like those that the Lord sent Moses to perform against the king of Egypt, his officials, and the entire country. 12No other prophet has been able to do the great and terrifying things that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.


"I have let you see it, but I will not let you go there." - Deuteronomy 34:4
I feel sorry for Moses when I read this - he would never taste the fruits of all of his hard work in leading the Israelites; yet Moses leaves a legacy for the people he has patiently and selflessly led.


Lord, thank you for people like Moses - who work hard so that others will reap the benefit.  Help me to be content simply to serve - but not to be rewarded.

4 34.4 a: Gn 12:7
34.4 b: Gn 26:3
34.4 c: Gn 28:13
10  34.10: Ex 33:11

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