Deuteronomy 32-34: Writing Your Own Death

If you hold to a traditional view of the Bible, you will most likely believe that Moses wrote the Law, everything from Genesis 1 through Deuteronomy 34. If this traditional view is correct, and I believe it is, then Moses wrote his own death. Deuteronomy 34 tells us that Moses died in the land of Moab, having seen but never entered the Promised Land.

Could you imagine what it would be like to write your own death? Imagine if God had you write your own death and then you were held at gunpoint. How brave would you be then? You would just say, “I’ve seen the end, and today’s not the day.”

This reminds me of the movie “Big Fish”, a movie about a man who tells tall tales. Early in the movie, when he is just a boy, this man sees his death and then sets off on grand and dangerous adventures, free from the fear of death. At the end of the film, as he lay dying, he asks his son to tell him the story of how he dies, and the son, having never heard this story, makes something up that is wild enough to fit the kind of life he had lived.

The truth is that we all will die, and the story has been written out to the end. God has not left out any detail and He is working things out until they are complete. This reality is at once comforting and frightening. For those who trust in Christ, the end is full of joyous anticipation, but for those who are lost, death brings only uncertainty and fear.

Let us pray that we might live with the resolve of one who knows the end is coming and what the outcome will be, and pray for those who have yet to meet Jesus, that they might come to find the peace that only He can give through His death and resurrection, which is our only means of salvation.

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