3/17/2005 5:45 AM
Title: BURIED AND FORGOTTEN – BUT NOT BY GOD – BAPTISM
S: “So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab,
according to the word of the LORD. And He buried him in a valley in the
land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.”
Deuteronomy 34:5, 6
O: I never noticed this before. God buried Moses. This reading is taken
out of the NKJV. Here’s what the footnote in the NLT says:
Deuteronomy 34:6 Hebrew He buried him, that is, “The LORD buried him.”
Samaritan Pentateuch and some Greek manuscripts read They buried him.
I never saw this. God must have really cared for Moses, like I’ve never
seen for anyone else. That’s an amazing amount of love and care. It’s not
that Moses died, it’s that he was buried by God.
Deuteronomy closes with these words: “But since then there has not arisen in
the land a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew fact to face..” V. 10
Face to face. Buried by God. He’s the only one to have these things happen
to him. That’s amazing. Then after he was buried, he was not forgotten by
9Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed
about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation,
but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Jude 1:9 (NKJV)
A: Ah! But isn’t that the message of the gospel. We CAN see God face to
face. We can see him with our own eyes. That’s what I keep telling some
people who want to know more about having a personal devotional life.
And although cannot physically see God face to face, I often feel like this
time in the morning is a time when I literally see God. I don’t mean he
stands before me, but I see his heart, I see his mind, I see where he wants
me to go.
This picture of Moses is a perfect picture of baptism. God buries our sin,
rebukes the devil and resurrects us to new life. That’s amazing. God
buries our sin, buries our past, buries our old lives and doesn’t forget us.
Instead, he makes us like Him. He brings us into a face to face
communication with Him.
P: Lord, I want to follow you. I want to be like you. I want my past and
my present buried away. Thank you that you have never forgotten where I am.
Thank you for always rebuking the devil away from me. You have raised me up
in your power and in your strength. Thank you, Lord, for the way you have
continually made me like you.
Please forgive me again. Please cleanse me from sin. Cleanse me from self.
Cleanse me from selfishness. Cleanse me from pride. Cleanse me from
walking away from you. Make me like you, Lord.
I submit myself to you, and I want to walk with you. Please fill me with
the Holy Spirit. I love you. I will serve you. I will follow you. I love