As the book of Deuteronomy draws to a close, the people of Israel prepare to enter the Promised Land, and Moses prepares to pass away. Israel has been rescued from slavery, preserved through the wilderness, and brought to the Promised Land, and yet there is tension. God's people have again and again demonstrated their inability and unwillingness to follow His commandments and therefore fulfill His purposes for them. Now, Moses leaves them with a somber song; a song that speaks of failure and unfaithfulness still to come. Yet it is not without hope, and we who live on the other side of the Greater Exodus can read it with eyes that have seen the fulfillment of God’s plan.
We have spent the last nine weeks studying one of the most significant characters in the Bible, who was himself central to some of the most significant events in history. What stories have stood out to you during this series? What impact have these stories had on your faith? Your understanding of God? Your identity as a member of God’s people? How will these changes impact the way that you live your life?
The same God who heard the cry of His suffering people, who called Moses from the burning bush, who toppled the gods of Egypt and led His people through the sea on dry land, who preserved Israel through the wilderness, who gave the ten commandments and dwelt among His people in the tabernacle has been fully revealed to us in Jesus Christ. The true and better Moses has rescued us from the ultimate slavery to sin and death and brought us into the Kingdom of God.
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. — Galatians 4:1-7