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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Head Up the Mountain

November 4

(Numbers 27:12-14 NIV) ““Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and see the land I have given the Israelites. {13} After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, {14} for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.””

(Luke 9:28-31 NIV) “About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. {29} As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. {30} Two men, Moses and Elijah, {31} appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.”

Moses made a big mistake and it cost him a trip into the Promised Land. He remained with the “faithless generation” until the last one died off in the desert. Then God took His people back to the edge of the Promised Land and once more, Moses made a trip up a mountain. But this would be his last climb. He would see the Promised Land, but not enter it. God had something better in mind. Compared to what Moses was about to inherit, the land of milk and honey was a ghetto. Centuries later we see Moses on another mountain. He had come to encourage Jesus. Moses had walked up a hill to face death, as Jesus soon would. Now Moses lived face to face with God in glory, as Jesus soon would. A day is coming when we will climb that mountain to our earthly end. Fear not! At the top, our mistakes will be remembered no more. So head on up! Glory is waiting there. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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