• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 10, 2021

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34

Deuteronomy 34:5

So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.

As it is with all, so it was with Moses. He died. The man who was used of God Almighty to show forth His Mightiness, was not exempt from the cold grips of the grim reaper. Of all the commonalities of mankind, two are equally manifested: birth and death. Of the two, death reigns supreme in the heart and mind in that birth is neither anticipated nor affected by the one being born. Yet, death occupies a place in the heart and mind throughout all of one's physical life. The Apostle Paul wrote this about death’s supremacy: Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses... (Romans 5:14)

Yes, death is inevitable for all except those who will be called up in the great catching away (I Thessalonians 4:17).

But...death no longer has the grip or power it once boasted. Its fear is no longer universal, for it is a defeated foe, a conquered enemy. For we have a Hero, a Superhuman Champion, a Defender of the Faith through which He gives us the victory over Death. His name is Jesus. Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ. The only begotten of the Father, the Lamb of God, and the Bright and Morning Star. Once again, the Apostle Paul wrote death's eulogy in 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a comforting thought that in the New Testament the death of the saints of God is described as "sleep". Hebrews 2:15 even states emphatically about Jesus that He would...deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Yes, death may knock on the door of all, but for those in Christ he is a casual visitor at best.

The story of the life and times of Moses is over, and Joshua's begins. It's going to be exciting!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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