2/23/20 – “Dan’s last Sunday as our Pastor”

Posted on : Feb 20th, 2020 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service
















Dear Friends,


For our last Sunday as your Pastor, I’m going to preach on a scripture text that has frustrated me and angered me for many years.  I’ve never preached on it before because it made no theological sense to me.  In fact, it’s kind of outrageous.

It’s the story of the end of Moses’ Call as Israel’s leader.

Every time I read this passage, a want to scream, “It’s not fair!”   And by God, it’s not!

But then one day I came across a quote which lead me to that “Oh, I get it!” moment.  I’ll be sharing that insight with you on Sunday.




Deuteronomy 34: 1-12

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and God showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan,  all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar.  God said to Moses, “This is the land of which I swore to Sarah and Abraham, to Rebecca and Isaac, to Leah, Rachel and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

Then at God’s command, Moses, the servant of God, died there in the land of Moab. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day.  Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated.  The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as God had commanded Moses.

Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face to face.  There is no equal to all the signs and wonders our God caused Moses to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all Pharaoh’s officials and the whole land.  How mighty the hand and how terrifying the displays of power that Moses wielded in the sight of all Israel!


From the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America; and the Inclusive Bible by Priests for Equality.  Copyright© 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by Permission.  All rights reserved.





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