none like him

Today's devotion from Deuteronomy 33 & 34.

Today’s readings in Deuteronomy 33 and 34 conclude our time in the Pentateuch, the books of Moses. In everything we have read about Moses, one could and would say that he was an example for us all. Look at that description! “No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 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, and for all the mighty acts of power and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12, CSB)

That’s quite a description. For all the trouble they caused him, even the Israelites knew that he was truly one of a kind. They mourned his passing for a month. Not even Joshua, full of the spirit of wisdom, and the one actually used by God to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land was thought of as Moses was. He was truly special and unique in all of history.

However, you and I must never forget that we have experienced a truth that Moses never knew. You and I live in the aftermath of the fulfillment of prophecy. We no longer long for the coming of salvation, but we live in the reality of the Savior’s ministry. We may not see pillars of cloud and fire, but we live in a New Covenant world in which the precious Spirit of God falls upon and fills all of God’s people, not just one or two chosen leaders in a lifetime.

No. None of us are like Moses in that the things that Moses accomplished for God were his and his alone to do. However, all that Moses did was only a stepping stone intended to progress the plan of redemption forward one more step. We do not need to progress the plan of salvation. Salvation has already come. Ours is to do that which moses could not in spite of all his many giftings. Ours is to proclaim Christ until He returns