Friday, June 1, 2018

The Importance of Meditation, Part 2


From:  www.JW.org
   This part of Moses’ story was never included in any of the movies made about him.  Let’s focus on the verses and their initial impression, then what meditation brings to the table.  



Verse
Initial Impression
Meditation Brings



Deuteronomy 34:4-7 says, “Jehovah then said to him: “This is the land about which I have sworn to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you will not cross over there.”  After that Moses the servant of Jehovah died there in the land of Moʹab just as Jehovah had said.  He buried him in the valley in the land of Moʹab, opposite Beth-peʹor, and nobody knows where his grave is down to this day.”
Jehovah showed Moses the view of the promised land he missed.  Was that being cruel or kind?  Moses was assured that his offspring will get the land but not him.  It sounded like Jehovah was punishing him without end. 

His grave is unknown because if the Israelite knew, they might make him a monument and worship him for all the miracles they saw him perform? 
It was kind of Jehovah to show Moses a view of the promised land with the assurance that his offspring will inherit it.  Any loving parent would appreciate knowing his children will be in a good place, even if he himself won’t be there.  The view that he got to see also rewarded his efforts in taking the Jews out of Egypt.  It showed him a happy ending to his life story just before he died.



In Proverbs 3:11-12, it says “My son, do not reject the discipline of Jehovah, And do not loathe his reproof, For those whom Jehovah loves he reproves, Just as a father does a son in whom he delights.”
Did Moses lose Jehovah’s love when he died without ever getting into the promised land he led the Israelites to enjoy? 

 Jehovah disciplines with love. 

What’s the proof that Jehovah continued to love Moses after he was disciplined?
Centuries later, Matthew 17:1-3, says, “… Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John along and … he was transfigured before them… And look! There appeared to them Moses and E·liʹjah conversing with him.”  In verse 5 Jehovah himself spoke.  The presence of Moses in this “meeting” shows that Moses remained in the level of Isaiah who was never disciplined.  He was shown conversing with Jesus like they’ve all known each other despite having lived centuries apart.  What a show of Jehovah’s continuing love for Moses indeed!

See also: 
The Importance of Meditation 
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