Don’t you hate it when you read a great book and you get to know all of the characters and then the book ends?
You laugh with them, cry with them and cheer on the good guys as you boo the bad ones.
As well, maybe the story isn’t over, but the hero dies?
We think: “Noooooo! Don’t leave us!”
That is how I feel as I end Deuteronomy.
I have traveled this path with Moses and Israel as they are led out of Egypt.
There have been miracles beyond miracles. Provision beyond provision. Lessons upon lessons.
Moses is 120 years old. His eyes are not weak, his strength has not failed. But it is time for him to die.
It is necessary for Israel to have a leader so Moses laid hands on Joshua and a spirit of wisdom was given to him to become their next leader.
Moses, the humblest man on earth died in Moab and God himself buried him.
To this day, no one knows where Moses is buried.
Not even Moses bones would be taken to the Promised Land.
His work with Israel is finished.
God will carry on His plan for Israel and the book will continue despite the hero being laid to rest.
With God, there are never endings. Just new beginnings.
I close with this tribute to Moses:
“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt- to Pharoah and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:10-12