The Challenge of Moses

By | 24 November 2008

I attended the Metropolitan Tabernacle this past Sunday. For perhaps only the second time in my life was I in a church that had a mix of ages, colors, ethnic backgrounds, etc that I think really will represent how Heaven will look.

The sermon was on Deuteronomy 32:1-4, “Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain; My speech shall distil as the dew, As the small rain upon the tender grass, And as the showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he.”

At the end of his long and varied life – 40 years of being raised as a prince in Egypt, 40 years as a shepherd, and 40 years as the earthly head of Israel – Moses had this to say: “I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. The Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is He.”

After 120-plus years of walking the earth, Moses was still praising his God – THE God, the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the one true, living God.

His confidence even in the final moments of his life was that he would proclaim the name of God. In 120 years he could not look back and see anything more worthy of comment than that his God was truth and faithful.

I issue a challenge to any who call themselves ‘Christian’ – can you say today that as you look back over your life, God has been truth and faithful to you? Not in the abstract, but in the personal.

If you were to die today, would the last words on your lips be “I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. The Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is He.”?

If not… why?