Deuteronomy 34* Moses views the promised land from mount Nebo. (1-4) The deathand burial of Moses, The mourning of the people. (5-8) Joshuasucceeds Moses, The praise of Moses. (9-12)1-4 Moses seemed unwilling to leave his work; but that beingfinished, he manifested no unwillingness to die. God haddeclared that he should not enter Canaan. But the Lord alsopromised that Moses should have a view of it, and showed him allthat good land. Such a sight believers now have, through grace,of the bliss and glory of their future state. Sometimes Godreserves the brightest discoveries of his grace to his people tosupport their dying moments. Those may leave this world withcheerfulness, who die in the faith of Christ, and in the hope ofheaven. 5-8 Moses obeyed this command of God as willingly as any other,though it seemed harder. In this he resembled our Lord JesusChrist. But he died in honour, in peace, and in the most easymanner; the Saviour died upon the disgraceful and torturingcross. Moses died very easily; he died "at the mouth of theLord," according to the will of God. The servants of the Lord,when they have done all their other work, must die at last, andbe willing to go home, whenever their Master sends for them, #Ac21:13|. The place of his burial was not known. If the soul be atrest with God, it is of little consequence where the body rests.There was no decay in the strength of his body, nor in thevigour and activity of his mind; his understanding was as clear,and his memory as strong as ever. This was the reward of hisservices, the effect of his extraordinary meekness. There wassolemn mourning for him. Yet how great soever our losses havebeen, we must not give ourselves up to sorrow. If we hope to goto heaven rejoicing, why should we go to the grave mourning? 9-12 Moses brought Israel to the borders of Canaan, and thendied and left them. This signifies that the law made nothingperfect, #Heb 7:19| It brings men into a wilderness ofconviction, but not into the Canaan of rest and settled peace.That honour was reserved for Joshua, our Lord Jesus, of whomJoshua was a type, (and the name is the same,) to do that for uswhich the law could not do, #Ro 8:3|. Through him we enter intothe spiritual rest of conscience, and eternal rest in heaven.Moses was greater than any other prophet of the Old Testament.But our Lord Jesus went beyond him, far more than the otherprophets came short of him. And see a strong resemblance betweenthe redeemer of the children of Israel and the Redeemer ofmankind. Moses was sent by God, to deliver the Israelites form acruel bondage; he led them out, and conquered their enemies. Hebecame not only their deliverer, but their lawgiver; not onlytheir lawgiver, but their judge; and, finally, leads them to theborder of the land of promise. Our blessed Saviour came torescue us out of the slavery of the devil, and to restore us toliberty and happiness. He came to confirm every moral precept ofthe first lawgiver; and to write them, not on tables of stone,but on fleshly tables of the heart. He came to be our Judgealso, inasmuch as he hath appointed a day when he will judge allthe secrets of men, and reward or punish accordingly. Thisgreatness of Christ above Moses, is a reason why Christiansshould be obedient and faithful to the holy religion by whichthey profess to be Christ's followers. God, by his grace, makeus all so!
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