Summary of passage: After Moses sang the Song, he told the people to take his words to heart and live by them so that they will prosper in the new land. That same day the Lord told Moses to climb Mount Nebo and view the Holy Land before his death.
10a) To take all of his words to heart. Moses said to love and serve God with all of your heart and soul. He said God would circumcise your hearts in order to love Him. Because the heart is what matters to God. We all will sin. But are we truly sorry for our sin. Do we have a heart for God? Or do we not truly care about our actions? God wants our hearts. Once He has that everything else falls into place.
b) Personal Question. My answer: When you love and serve God, God happens. Blessings happen. To you and to others. Peace happens. Fulfillment. God’s plan happens.
11) Personal Question. My answer: God’s words are our life. His commandments. His will. Without God’s word and His Holy Spirit within we have no life. We are empty shells. For His word is Him.
12a) Personal Question. My answer: God is just. Moses didn’t physically enter the Promised Land but Moses is in heaven in a much, much better land than here on Earth. That’s what matters. Not what happens to Moses down here. He was probably the most faithful man to ever walk the earth. It is not for me to judge God’s judgements.
b) Personal Question. My answer: The part of my thinking that is selfish and all about me. The part of my thinking that is not from God but from Satan. The thoughts that need to be of God instead of of the world.
Conclusions: Personal Day here. 12a was redundant. We were asked before when Moses was first judged by God whether we thought it was just punishment or not. The only question I liked was the non-personal question (10a). I liked how we did examine the heart for that is what matters to God. Whether we desire Him or we are indifferent to Him. Moses knew what God wanted and he desperately tried to impart that to the people before he left. Again, a man after God’s own heart who spoke face to face with God.
End Notes: Moses is to “be gathered to your people”, which was the ancient Israelites way of saying going to heaven before Christ came to allow them to go to heaven. I’ve posted about what this means before. You can read HERE if interested.
Others who were “gathered to their people” in the Pentateuch: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and Aaron.
Quick Reminder of where Israelites are: http://www.keyway.ca/gif/nebo.gif