每日诗歌: 安靜 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQELbDA7wU)
Deuteronomy 33 [Read]
Deuteronomy 34 [Read]
Luke 1:24-56 [Read]
We have finally come to the end of Pentateuch. We have finished the first five books of OT, and we are at the Jordan River. We are about to enter the Promised Land with Joshua, and the journey in the wilderness is behind us. This is a major accomplishment if you have been faithfully reading the Bible every day so far, and I will not be surprised if you have already noticed God’s blessings in your life and your family.
The ending of Pentateuch carried a striking resemblance with the ending of Genesis. Both ended with a blessing to the sons of Israel (Gen 49 vs Dt 33), although the family has grown from 70 to over 600,000 men. Both saw the death of a servant of God (Joseph vs Moses), although the funeral was much more extravagant for the governor of Egypt. At the end of Genesis, people of God were waiting in a foreign land. At the end of Pentateuch, they were waiting to enter their homeland. The suspense was the same, although the mood was not.
However, there is a major difference. The ending of Genesis was an earthly ending. Joseph was put in a coffin in Egypt, and he gave the instruction to his people telling them to bring him along as they leave Egypt for home in the future. He longed for the land promised by God to his ancestors. The death of Joseph symbolized an earthly rest, for the ending was, in a way, an unending. But the ending of Pentateuch was a heavenly ending. Moses was brought to the top of Mount Nebo and saw the entire Promised Land, and he was not buried by men, but by God, and no one knew the place. The death of Moses symbolized a heavenly rest, for he was no longer waiting. He rested in God’s hand.
“There remains a Sabbath-Rest for the people of God” (Heb 4:9). Moses foreshadows Jesus Christ our Lord, and his rest foreshadows the Sabbath Rest Jesus entered on behalf of us. I was touched by reading the ending of Moses, for it again reminded me the heavenly rest I was so hunger for. We may have peace in our Lord, but we may only reach that Sabbath Rest when we rest from all our work in this world (Heb 4:10). Thank you, Lord, for giving us this glorious hope that nobody can take away. Help us focus our mind on that heavenly rest, and let the joy of such realization fill the days of our earthly toil. Amen.
You have finished the Pentateuch, and you should celebrate this major accomplishment. But don’t forget to keep on reading.