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Be Positive    Deut.33:1-5; 34:1-12
(HCSB)     Feb. 26, 2012


Introduction

      How easy is it for you to be positive? I don’t know if I am always positive but I am not very often negative. I do believe it is better to be as positive as we possible can. I believe God and His Word will help us to Be Positive.

 

1.   Be Positive and . . Remember the Blessing the Lord Gave. 33:1-5 

      A.   Be Positive about God’s Blessings In the . . Past. 33:1-3

1 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave the Israelites before his death.

       2 He said: The LORD came from Sinai and appeared to them from Seir; He shone on them

       from Mount Paran and came with ten thousand holy ones, with lightning from His right

       hand for them.

       3 Indeed He loves the people. All Your holy ones are in Your hand, and they assemble at

       Your feet. Each receives Your words.

 

       B.   Be Positive about God’s Blessings In the . . Prophetic Future. 33:1-3

Remembering the Blessings Promised to the Lord’s . . Assembled People. 33:4-5

4 Moses gave us instruction, a possession for the assembly of Jacob.

       5 So He became King in Jeshurun when the leaders of the people gathered with the tribes of Israel.


       Moses will not be around as the people go into the promised land. So his words are prophetic. This portion of scripture has some discussion and debate about how to translate it. The term, “man of God” is used for the first time in this chapter. Is Moses this man? He will not be allowed into the promised land. But no where does the term need to be applied to only a perfect man. So Moses is qualified. In verse five who became king? Three newer translations, ESV., TLB., AMP., all say it speaks of God and not Moses. One commentator says Moses is no where else called a king, but the arrangement of the words with Moses’ name give support that it is speaking of Moses. If you do not want to say it is Moses you need to give some support for that view.   

2. Be Positive but Remember the . . Consequences of Disobedience. 34:1- 4

       A.   Disobedience Dictated Moses Could Only See The . . Promised Land. 34:1-3

       1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which faces

       Jericho, and the LORD showed him all the land: Gilead as far as Dan,

       2 all of Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the

       Mediterranean Sea,

       3 the Negev, and the region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.

 

       B.   Disobedience Dictated God Repeated His . . Penalty for Moses .34:4

       4 The LORD then said to him, “This is the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, ‘I will give it

       to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you will not cross into it.”


      Many people can give testimony to the consequences of sin in their life. Moses does not qualify as a

       notorious sinner but he took a serious matter into his own hands and God’s penalty dictated He would not

       allow Moses to enter the promised land. God did allow him to see the promised land and that must

       have been a joyous occasion, for him. I think Moses also registered regret as he remember his sin.

                                                                              



3.   Be Positive Remembering the . . Care God Gave to Moses’ Burial. 34:5-8

       A.   Remember the . . Burial of Moses. 34:5-6

5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, as the LORD had said.

       6 He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab facing Beth-peor, and no one to this day knows where his

       grave is.

 

       B.   Remember the . . Burden of the People for Moses. 34:7-8

7 Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left him.

       8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab 30 days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for

       Moses came to an end.


       It can correctly be said, God buried Moses. If you go on the internet you will see many who have tried to

       identify Moses’ grave site. I think it is best to just let it rest. I think we can say God caused his death and

       buried him where He wanted him buried. It would help us if we concerned ourselves about those who do

       not know Christ and where their eternal home will be.

 

4.   Be Positive Remembering what God Did in the . . Past. 34:9-12

       A.   Remember the Mission God Gave and the . . Respect for A New Leader. 34:9

9 Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.

 

       B.   Remember the Mission God Gave and . . Remember Their Former Leader. 34:10-12

10 No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.

       11 ?He was unparalleled? for all the signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do against the land of

       Egypt—to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to all his land,

       12 and for all the mighty ?acts of? power and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all

       Israel.


       For the people of Israel God took many miraculous actions to get His people in the promised

       land. He replaced Moses with Joshua. Moses placed his hands on Joshua and God granted

       unusual wisdom to him. The people believed Joshua to be the choice of God to be their new

       leader and they followed him. Great and flattering words are used to describe Moses. One

       commentator stated Moses is the greatest person of the Old Testament. He is certainly one

       to help us Be Positive. Amen? Amen!