Summary: The Love of God will never let us go.
FOCAL Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Opening Illustration: Napoleon, the Great Emperor of France, was sitting on his horse one day looking at some papers when he dropped the bridle of the horse. The horse, startled, reared up, and if it had continued to do so Napoleon could have been thrown or even killed. A young corporal stepped forward and, risking his life, reached up and grabbed the bridle. Pulling down he calmed the animal. Napoleon saluted the corporal and said, "Thank you, Captain". Without a pause the young man said "Captain of what company, Sire- Napoleon responded, "Captain of My Guards". The young man immediately saluted and walked across the field to the Emperor’s staff, tearing off his corporal stripes as he went. When he stepped in amongst the officers one asked him what was he doing. He said, "I am now Captain of the Guards". Another asked, "By whose order- Unbending the young man said, "By the Emperor’s Order". This is the difference between mental assent and genuine faith. This young man trusted that the Emperor’s word was good, and he obeyed that word without question. He could have - when challenged - allowed fear of the other officers to dictate his actions. Instead he stepped up, following Napoleon’s word, and was blessed because of it.
The greatest leader and prophet - perhaps of all time - is the Prophet Moses. God used Moses to write the first five Books of the Bible. God used Moses to destroy the pagan kingdom of Egypt. He used Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, and to the very border of the Promised Land. This great man - a man of faith commemorated all throughout the Scripture, and quoted numerous times throughout the New Testament - this great man was about to die. For forty years he labored to bring a hardheaded people from bondage and into the Promised Land. But Moses wasn’t going to go into the Promised Land. He was going to die and be buried by God Himself (see Deuteronomy 34:5-6). Moses didn’t die because of bad health. The Bible says that when he passed into the glory of Heaven that Moses was
Deuteronomy 34:7 (KJV) ... an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
"His eye was not dimmed, nor his natural force abated". Another version reads "his vitality had not left him". At the ripe old age of 127 Moses was just as spry, just as full of energy as he was at the age of 18. He didn’t die from heart disease - and he didn’t die lonely either. Moses was loved by both God as well as by the Israelites. The Bible says that
Deuteronomy 34:8 (HCSB) The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab 30 days. ...
Why did this great man Moses die? He died for the same reason that the first Generation of Israel died: because he did not hear and do the Word of God.
Before Moses died he gave a blessing to the Israelites who were going to enter the Promised Land.