by Christina Farris
1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,
3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. I often wonder what does it look like on the other side of the hill before me, and the answer is I really do not know. I seen the other side but I do not know what it looks like from the top of the hill down into the valley. Often we want to know what we can not see and that is perhaps the future of our own lives and maybe even the lives of our nation. Today is Thanksgiving 2020. This year has been a cruel year for some and a time of reuniting with their love ones in a way that they have not gotten to in years, because of busy schedules, constant work and constant need to get things done at home and else where when time allowed. It is almost as if society slowed down for a minute and looked around. Even seen how misbehaved or well behaved there kids were for teachers, and caregivers. The most interesting thing about this year was the fact we long to be involved in society perhaps once again, and not to be in the place we had long for at work. Think for a moment home sweet hom is the place we all long for, and work no matter if we enjoy it is not the place we long to stay. Yet many would say I think they like being outside the house to work those few hours a day. It like our world went inside out and outside in for a just few months. Yet many just got a taste of what it like for be disabled, homeless, elderly and/or housewives. Some lost jobs with no savings and others lost jobs that had saving but not enough and others had savings that enabled to survival a little longer without heading tot he food line. Then we see a society merge back into new jobs, jobs of old and jobs transformed.
Other people seen what it was like to be truly thankful this holiday of Thanksgiving for love ones, for friends, and to have faith maybe most of all. You can hug a friend or a love one, or you can hold on to those dear to you, but right now social distance, staying away is safer for everyone. Yet it looking on the other side of the mountain of faith that see the hope and promise to come of seeing love ones with out fear of pandemic anymore. Moses sees the hope God promised Abraham so many hundred of years ago, the land of promise on top of the mountain before he died. Moses needed not a land of hope at his age he need the land of hope of eternity. He seen the work and promises of God manifested in the lives of Israel as they journeyed to the promise land. He needed to see no more, only the promise land of eternity that was the hope of the believer.
How we know Moses seen heaven because Jesus spoke to him during the transfiguration before Jesus went to the cross. The hope was more then the promise of land on earth but the hope eternal life. A place where God had promise Israel to learn about his word and his delieverance, mercy and grace. To learn about faith being more then just a piece of physical land but land of hope of eternity. There people right now holding to the hope of eternity to see love ones that have gone before them. Yet it more then seeing love ones it is about seeing our redeemer because he lives.
Moses was a type of Savior but not thee savior and he would be buried but his laws would dedicate to Israel even today. Some laws translated to fit the world's understanding today, Yet the promise Savior like the Promise land would be prophesied and given hope for generations. Jesus is the promise Savior. The promise land for the believer is the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. Sometimes man looks to what he can find with his eyes on earth without faith, and other times they see what God is speaking with the eyes of faith. God gave Moses the sight of the promise land before taking him home to be with him.
As people travel not listening to our leaders not to travel, and doing exactly what they want, not realizing the danger they are causing not for just themselves but everyone that traveling too and those areas they are traveling through. It is the promise of hope, the promise of seeing love ones that is driving everyone to different places. I feel it too and I would like to jump in and drive five hours away from here since February and still right here at home. Trust me it harder then you think to stay away from people you care about, haven't seen in years.
Yet it is the hope of vaccine to make it safe from a deadly virus if caught that keeps us safe for a little longer then it is hope, But at the same time faith is more then that. Faith that car wrecks, other disease won't kill before we see each other. That God does not take each other home before we get to hug each other. See the spread of the pandemic is not the same, it is spreading something that can be prevented from spreading to a point or not being able to be stir it up at the cost of extra life.That is the point we need to see the hope of waiting and a hope that waiting will not allowt other castrophies from prevailing. Is that not the hope when you journey away that one day you see home and love ones once more. Moses had all his blood kin with him. Think for a moment what that must of been like. Yet when he got them to the promise land, he got to divorce them.
Moses knew he would not get to enter the promise land but he knew he would see it, and his faith and hope in his life was through thirst, hunger, strange events, miracles, and wonders, God would provide until he seen the valley which he had not seen. Was it a sight to behold, Bible does not say. However we do know Israel went in and took the promise land as if they owned it because it was a gift from God. We know the hope God has given and the hope of a future with each passing breath, but do we know the hope of eternity after this life. Moses knew. Sometimes we need to know about the hope of promise and faith. It is hard to have faith and hope, that why God reveals hope to build our faith in him.
Stand firm in fiath friends and family, because you don't know what this life will bring. Trust in the Lord this hour and rely on his promises this thanksgiving. Give thanks to the Lord for all his promises in your life, hold them in your heart and mind. Hold them there and cling to the faith Jesus brings to you of eternal salvation and hope.
Dear Heavenly Father, give us the hope of faith as we journey through our life, the hope of the promise land that you gave to Moses and all believers, the eternal promise land. The one of eternal safety. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown Final Day: Thanksgiving Has Arrived: Are you thankful for all God's provisions this year, why or why not? It is your thanksgiving, and you got to decide what you believe, I can not do it for you.
Continual Scripture Study:Revelation 21:10-11 KJV
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;