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Friday, March 25, 2016

DJD325 - Two Sides of the Same Mountain (SS Bonus)

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Scripture: 

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Starting Question:

Have you ever known someone who has a humble passionate faith in the goodness and righteousness of God? What was that person like? What impact did that person have on others?


Two Sides of the Same Mountain

** Continued from Seer's Mountain yesterday **

“Yes,” Moses said, matter-of-factly, “God has made it very clear to me that I will not enter the Promised Land. That’s why He sent me up here to look into and throughout the land.”

Joshua folded his arms across his broad chest, “But, forty years ago you sent 12 spies into this very land,” Joshua waved one arm at the land beyond the Jordan. “Are you saying that God would have stopped you at that time?”

“Much has happened since that fateful day,” Moses said. “I have failed many times and I have learned many things.”

“As have we all,” Joshua retorted. He was getting angry. “What’s wrong with God? Why is He so mad at you that He is withholding the land which He promised?”

“It is right that it happens this way, Joshua.”

“How?” Joshua was pacing the mountaintop. “How could it possibly be right that you lead us through that despicable dessert and then, at the doorway of the Promised Land, you are denied entry? How is that right?”

Moses reached out and caught Joshua as he stomped past. He turned the younger man to face him and gripped both shoulders. “Because God has said it, Joshua!” Tears came to the old man’s eyes. “If there is anything you can learn from me, it is this: God alone is God and He is always right. Accept that and all will go well with you.”

Joshua studied the face of the man who had been his spiritual father for four decades. In that face he read so much. There was pain. There was trust. And, most evident of all, there was the presence of God.

“I wish to be as humble as you,” Joshua whispered. “How is it that you can be so at peace with God’s will when it is directed against you?”

“I choose to believe God has something better in mind for me,” Moses said.

“Better than the Promised Land?” Joshua explored Moses’ face.

“Yes,” Moses said. “Better than anything this dying world can offer an old man like me.”

“Have you been shown this?” Joshua leaned in, excited.

Moses shook his head from side to side, “No, not this time. The last thing I saw with a seer’s eyes was the land which you will now enter. But, I believe that God has a land awaiting us all where sin, sorrow and death are no longer at work.”

“A place like Eden?” Joshua asked, recalling the stories of their ancestors. “A place where the lamb nestles into the chest of the lion for a mid-day nap?”

Moses’ eyes filled with tears of joy, “Yes, my boy! A place where one’s lifetime makes my 120 years like a mere blink of an eye.”

“And this place comes after death?” Joshua asked.

Moses nodded and then gestured to the river. “Lead God’s people into the Promised land.” Then after a pause, he added, “I’ll see you on the other side.”

Joshua smiled at the thought.

The two men embraced and then walked down different sides of the same mountain.

Reflection Question:
How does the hope of life beyond the grave help you in your daily life?


Prayer time:
Before you pray together, ask: What would you like to say to Jesus today?