|May we not limit God's love to our circumstances|
There are so many heroes in the Bible that encourage us to "stay on the straight and narrow." They teach us that all things will work out if we hold fast to God and depend upon His grace. Moses, however, is a hero whose ending didn't seem to follow that pattern.
For years I wondered about the way his life ended. He is, by far, a great hero of the Bible and the Hebrew children, even though he faced difficulties most of his life. He seemed to grow up with somewhat of an identity crisis, not really fitting in with the Israelites or the Egyptians.
In spite of the struggles and disappointments and bad choices, God used Moses in mighty ways. He not only wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, he introduces the Ten Commandments, Passover, the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle. And, there is one small feat we mustn't forget — he led the Israelites to the Promise Land.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.