April 25, 2022 - Deuteronomy 32-34
Final words have deep significance for people in various ways! For many, the final words of a person's life are looked upon as meaningful and momentous. The closing remarks in events and writings are remembered long after the occasion is finished, or the book returned to the shelf.
Jacob's final words to his sons in Genesis are recorded for us to read. Their lives reflected both the positive and negative details which validated his closing words. Moses' final words are now written to remind and encourage the people of Israel that God and His message were to be worshipped and observed in their daily activities.
Moses was about to leave the earth in death and the people of God would continue into the Promised land to conquer, prosper, but they also failed and rejected the Lord (32:5-14). The Lord judged, disciplined, and then had compassion upon the nation once again. From the end of chapter 32 through 34, Moses brings a message of hope and blessing. God never intended to destroy Israel but to discipline them and draw them back into a relationship with Him.
The final words of key people in history are considered essential to know and to follow. As followers of Jesus Christ, we study His words and seek to follow His teachings daily. With Easter just being celebrated, it would be beneficial to examine again the final words of Christ before He ascended to heaven. Read over Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1;3-8; John 21:15-23. These are good verses to remind us of what Christ left us here to do until He returns.