This week’s parsha is V’zot HaBracha or “And this is the blessing” and is found in Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12. And we did it! It’s the last parsha before we go all the way back to Genesis.
The last thing that Moses does before dies is bless all the tribes. He starts with a reminder that Israel was chosen and that the Lord is their king. Then, Moses blesses all the tribes, each tribe individually and with a different blessing. Now the order of the tribes being blessed is a little odd, but, if you (like Moses) were standing on Mt. Nebo and looking out across the Jordan from the South all the way up to the North, then it makes sense.
Moses starts with blessing the tribe of Reuben whose land will be right where Moses is standing at the moment, then the tribe of Judah all the way to the south, then Levi (who were everywhere), then Benjamin, then Joseph, then Zebulun, then Issachar, then Gad, then Dan in Bashan, then Naphtali, and then Asher who is all the way in the north against the Mediterranean Sea. Check out a map, it’s pretty cool.
Moses is looking out onto the Promised Land, after 40 long years of leading. He was 120 years old, but he was still strong and could still see very well. There has never been another prophet like Moses, who knew God face to face. God shows Moses all of the land, but He doesn’t let Moses enter. Why? Because Moses disobeyed God.
There are two things that struck me while reading this. One, Moses gave all the tribes a different blessing for different things. God gives everyone different gifts. Some people are good at listening, others at talking, some are good at serving and helping out, and others at solving problems. God did not make us all the same, and He doesn’t want us to be all the same. Find out the best way to use the blessings God has given you.
The other thing was that Moses worked so hard bringing the people out of Egypt and through the desert and then God says “You can’t come in.” It does not seem fair. But Moses disobeyed God (check out Numbers 20), and the consequences were that Moses could not lead Israel into the land. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sin=death. Moses sinned=he had to die. Everyone sins=Everyone has to die?
Now you might think, “if Moses had to face the consequences, how do I even have a chance.” But we have something Moses didn’t have, we have Y’shua. He takes the consequences for us. Crazy, right? If you want to talk more about this, just comment on the blog and Sox, Twister, or Strings can talk to you.