Numbers 27:12-13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.
Many people may read today’s passage and have feelings of deep sorrow for poor Moses. That’s understandable seeing as how he did serve God faithfully for many years as the shepherd of a very large flock. You could say that he was the Pastor of the world’s first and largest Mega Church. He did put up with a lot of accusation by these people against him, of which many, if not most, he had no control over. Now, at the edge of the promised land, he only gets to look over into it and then he dies. However, if we think on this for just a moment we see something grand. Moses will enter a Promised land far greater than the earthly one the children of Israel will enter.
In today’s verse it says that after Moses peers into the earthly property that God had promised Abraham many many years earlier, that he would be; “gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.” Moses must have had mixed feelings at this point. He had brought these people so far, it would be nice to enter in. On the other hand, He was entering a Promised Land that was far greater than any plot of dirt on earth. He will be reunited with his family and friends in Paradise. Physical death simply promised him a blessed gathering with so many that he loved who had gone on before. I’m pretty sure Moses’ mixed feelings were forgotten once he stepped over into eternity with those who loved the Lord and had gone before him.
There is a place promised to those of us who made Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Oh what a blessed gathering that will be. To see my family and friends again. Even more, to look upon my Lord who saved me and rescued me from hell.
Can you even imagine that gathering day?
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