Deuteronomy tells of the last month of the life of the Prophet Moses. With his people gathered around him there in the valley of the Jordan, everything was in readiness for the triumphal entry into Palestine. But God had warrned Moses that because of the one time when he had failed in faith, he should himself be shut out from the promised land, so Moses now prepared himself for death.
He gave his last days to preaching to his people. In this final month he delivered to them three great addresses. Moses reminded the new generation, which had grown up around him, of all that God had done for them and for their fathers, in bringing them out from Egypt. He traced the marvelous history of the past forty years, he reviewed the commandments he had given them, and he passionately exhorted them to continue forever in obedience to God.
Knowing that his end was at hand, Prophet Moses gave to the elders the tablets on which was written God's law to be shrined within the ark forever. He extended his blessing over all his people in passionate words of love, and then he bid them farewell. Sturdily and serenely he turned his face away from the nation which he had made, and following a divine command, set forth alone upon foot.
On the mountain of Nebo, the Lord appeared to Moses and showed him the Promised Land--four great masses of Palestine west of the Jordan, so far as the eye could see from that height--a land he could never enter. The Prophet Moses departed from life there upon the summit of Pisgah, being alone with God, at the age of one hundred and twenty-two.
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