My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, March 17, 2012
And He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows his burial place to this day.
(Deuteronomy 34:6 NASB)
Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.
(Deuteronomy 34:7 NASB)
So the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end.
(Deuteronomy 34:8 NASB)
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God,
for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because
they are spiritually appraised.
(1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB)
But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
(1 Corinthians 2:15 NASB)
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:16 NASB)
We come to the end of Moses' life. The scripture tells us that he
is the only prophet who speaks with God face to face. If you look
closely at the end of his life you discover that he dies on Mount Nebo
while in conversation with God. Moses was now 120 years old and his
personal relationship with God was like no other. He was still a
healthy man and yet, he was not to cross over into the promised land, so
God took him to his side. The scripture tells us that God, himself,
buried Moses so that no man would know where that was. Moses would not
have wanted a monument built to himself, but rather, one built to honor
God. The Israelites mourned his death for thirty days, but when the
time had come to an end, they knew they needed to move on. Joshua was
the new leader for the new day and they knew that they would have to
follow after him, and so they did.
Let's jump to I Corinthians. Paul is also talking about people
having a deep personal relationship with God. A new era had been
ushered in with the death/resurrection of Christ and the optimistic hope
of life in the Spirit. It was time to move on from the old life and to
accept a new leader. It was another time of transition in the life of
the Israelites, and beyond. To live life in the Spirit was to
understand things on a whole new level. It was to move over into the
promised land through personal transformation. For us, gone are the
years of wandering in the wilderness, but rather, the new life where we
have the mind of Christ.
Too often we hearken back, or long for the good old days. The
Israelites did that often -- even looking back from time to time to the
years of wandering in the wilderness with great longing. For centuries
they looked back on Moses and yearned for a leader such as he. We, too,
sometimes look back to the "good old days." In reality, they may not
have been that "good." Instead, we are being asked to bury the past and
move on to a new future that God has for us, but only when we have put
on the "mind of Christ." We are "transformed" by the "renewing of our
minds." When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the spiritual compass
for our lives is reset and we are redirected into a new life with the
promise of God's holy presence going with us. We, again, have the
opportunity of having "face to face" conversation with God through the
power of the Holy Spirit.
I'm afraid that too often we are holding onto a past that was not all
that pleasant, and God wants to provide us with so much more. Let go
of those things, allow his mind to fill our minds and our thoughts so
that we can live in the transformation of new life.
Father, God, help me to walk humbly with you today. Amen.