“And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.” Deuteronomy 33:1
“So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 34:5
The end of the book of Deuteronomy also brings us to the end of the life of one of the most monumental figures in all of the Bible, Moses. At a funeral or memorial service people share the memories and stories of those who have died. When you go to a cemetery there is often an epitaph etched into the tombstones. An Epitaph is a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died.
When you think about the life of Moses would be hard to express all that Moses did in just a sentence or two. And yet, as we come to the end of the book of Deuteronomy there are two phrases that stand out in the text that could certainly be etched in stone to describe the life of Moses. Moses the man of God. Moses the servant of the Lord.
In Deuteronomy 33:1 when we read of Moses being described as “the man of God,” it is the first time we read that phrase in the Bible. What is it about the life of Moses that makes us say “Moses the man of God.” As we have read about the life of Moses there are many monumental moments in his life both good and bad. Moses, the prince of Egypt, Moses the murderer of an Egyptian, Moses the shepherd in the wilderness, Moses the miracle man, Moses the prophet of the Lord. And yet, the two phrases used at the end of the life of Moses are Moses the man of God and Moses the servant of God.
In the book of Hebrews we are told an important detail about the life of Moses. Moses did not become “Moses the man of God” and “Moses the servant of God” because of his upbringing, his privilege, his education, or his great accomplishments. Moses was a man of God because Moses was a man of faith (Hebrews 11:23-29).
It is by faith that Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. By faith Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. By faith Moses forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king, he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Moses endured, kept going, persevered because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible!
What is so encouraging for us as we look back and consider the life of Moses, is that we can have the same thing happen in our life. We are told in Hebrews 12:1 that these men and women like Moses who lived the life of faith are an example for us. That we might be encouraged and take hope in what God can do in any person’s life. That by faith we can lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and trips us up. That we can run with patience and endurance just like Moses, the race that is set before us.
I pray that you are encouraged when you think of the life of Moses and consider the change and transformation that God worked in His life. Because what God did in the life of Moses, He is able to do in your life and in mine.