- Deuteronomy 34
- Luke 9:27-36
- Jude 9
Pray… that unlike Moses, you won’t just glimpse the Promised Land… you’ll be there, through Jesus’ victory on the cross.
Day 90 – Moses’ Death
Moses’ death, his dead body & discussion with Jesus about the Cross
- Well, we’ve spent a good month getting to know Moses as he battled to do the World’s Hardest Job, but with the astonishing privilege of seeing God face to face (which we, too, will one day do!). Describe the scene of Moses’ death. Where is he? What was the last thing he saw before he died?
- Why do you think God gave Moses the glimpse we read in today’s final chapter of Deuteronomy? Does it seem a little unfair to you, or do you think it would have heartened Moses greatly to see it?
- What does the bible say was unique about Moses?
- How was Moses a good model leader for Joshua who came after?
- The eagle-eyed among you may be wondering how Moses wrote about his own death. It’s possible that he was told about it before hand, but it’s probably more likely that this chapter was written by someone else, like Joshua. What did the author of this chapter, and the people, feel about Moses?
- Our passage in Luke 9 recalls The Transfiguration, which is a moment where Jesus reveals his “inner glory” to a few of his closest disciples. Who talked with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration as He did so? What did they talk about?
- What is the main thing to take away from this New Testament passage? Think about the situation. Peter, a Jew who followed Jesus, would have held Moses in very high esteem. He would have been a hero of the Old Testament. What would it have been like to see “Moses” alongside Jesus? When Jesus is the only one left at the end, what does that say about Jesus?
- Think back on Moses’ life. We’ve seen his highs and lows for the last month or so now. Can you name three things you know about his character, or his relationship with God, or his actions that you didn’t know before? Has he become more than just a “bible character” in your mind now?
- As you see the words of Deuteronomy 34:10 about Moses’ human greatness as a prophet, you should counter it with those of Deuteronomy 18:15-20 which foretold of a prophet greater still. Ultimately that will be Jesus. Think about the ways in which Moses has foreshadowed Jesus, and also some of the reasons why Jesus was greater.
If you’re in the mood to dig a bit deeper…
- You could think about the verse in Jude. It’s not easy. You might want to do some online research about the verse. Think about the reality of angels and demons, the way the devil tries to tempt people, and the way the devil twists the sin we do. Don’t worry about it too much though – this isn’t a verse to get too focused on for this study. You can read more information about this passage at the link below.
And for everyone…
We’re pretty much at the end of the time in the wilderness now. In the readings on day 91 and 92 the Israelites will prepare to go into the Promised Land, and on day 93 they’ll make the journey. Over the next month we’re going to hear about the life in the Promised Land (and whether the Israelites can finally stop turning away from God), and look closely at the lives of Joshua the leader, the different judges (including super-strong Samson) and the godly-minded Ruth (and her kinsman redeemer Boaz). There are plenty of stories you won’t know that you can enjoy reading for the first time too!