Prayer for the day
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
Scripture for the day
Deuteronomy 32-34, Mark 15:26-47
(Just so you know, because I’ve heard it a few times, the above scriptures are “clickable”…click on them and you’ll be taken to biblegateway.com with the appropriate scriptures)
“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses”
“Surely this man was the Son of God!”
In the two scriptures for today, we read accounts of lives lived and of the evidence of favour in the lives lived. All of us at one time or another worry about posterity, about the way we will be remembered. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is mourned as a great leader of the people, a prophet, a friend of God, a man whom God chose to do mighty things for the people. It is true, of course, that Moses was not perfect. Moses was FAR from perfect. But at the end, when it really mattered, Moses was remembered as a godly man.
Jesus, on the other hand, was perfect, and that perfection caused him to be hated and despised. His last hours present an horrific picture of the depravity of humanity as Jesus is treated in an unspeakable manner. There is violence and death on all sides, and people hurling insults and hatred toward the Lord. Yet his reaction to this, the manner of his death, causes a Roman to pronounce that this man is certainly what he claimed, the son of God.
Two men are presented. Both lived lives of service to God. One lived a perfect life, one far from perfect. But both are now remembered as some of the greatest men who ever lived.
And the reason they are remembered this way is that they lived according to the God who called them. Jesus refused to take what God did not want him to take…the easy way out. Moses refused to surrender to the people’s wish for another God, and clung steadily to the God of the Israelites.
And both are remembered well.
What will it take for us to be remembered similarly? Maybe a life lived similarly?