Let It Suffice Thee
Numbers 23:4 - Numbers 27:16
I have become attached to Moses.
This Journey Through the Wilderness has given me a great love, respect, and admiration for a man I knew very little about before we started.
I must admit, saying farewell is tugging at my heartstrings.
This last part of Numbers is hard to take in.
Do you find it hard to fathom why Moses wasn’t the Prophet who led Israel on this last stretch of the journey over Jordan and into the Promised Land?
Our hearts wonder if it is fair. We might argue that he earned the right. Perhaps we question the answer to Moses from the Lord. But from this moment in Numbers through the third chapter in Deuteronomy we learn an important lesson ––God’s will for us is good. Always. We must trust that principle even when we don’t understand it. For often when our heart conceives what the perfect end should be, it is simply because it is impossible for us to imagine or comprehend how great things the Lord already has in store for us.
From Moses we learn an important lesson––sometimes the Lord prepares a different ending then what we had envisioned…but it is always the right ending.
Today we read the words that lead to the end of the journey with Moses. (I am going to mix my thoughts with some of the words of Alfred Edersheim, his beautiful descriptions explain this ending better than I can on my own.)
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount…and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people. ..and Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Let the Lord…set a man over the congregation which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd. …And the Lord said unto Moses, take thee Joshua…and give him a charge in their sight.” (Numbers 27:12-20)
It is touching to see how meekly Moses received the sentence from the Lord. Faithful to the end in his stewardship over God’s house, I love that his chief concern was that God would appoint a suitable successor for his people. This is one of the crowning moments of Moses’ leadership.
"Throughout his life all his thoughts had been for Israel…his last care also was for the people whom he had loved, and for the work to which he had been devoted…"
Once he knew his people would be taken care of, his thoughts shifted to the pain of not being with them as they entered the Promised Land. In Moses’ weakness we see so clearly a kinship to our own feelings. Moses longed to share what was before Israel. He had grown to love them. It must have been so hard for him to think of leaving them now.
It is no wonder Moses wanted so desperately to have part in the conquest and the rest of the Promised Land.
“He had believed in it; he had preached it; he had prayed for it; he had laboured, borne, fought for it. And now within reach and view of it must he lay himself down to die?”
Scripture records, with touching simplicity, what passed between Moses and the Lord. “O Lord God, thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness and thy strong hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan…and the Lord said unto me, Let it suffice thee: speak no more unto me of this matter.” (Deuteronomy 3:24-26)
There are two phrases within that verse that stand out to me...thou hast begun...and...Let it suffice thee.
First, we learn that Moses had just begun to see the greatness of the Lord. In 120 years he had just begun. Which leads me to understand that he knew the Lord still had great things in store for him. And second, I love the words let it suffice thee. As if the Lord was saying, This is enough...find joy in this much...and then trust me. Moses would not lead the people into the Promised Land, but he would have the privilege of seeing it. And then he would have to trust the will of the Lord. That it was good.
“Thus, amid the respectful silence of a mourning people, Moses set out alone upon his last journey. All the way up to the highest top of Pisgah the eyes of the people must have followed him. They could watch him as he stood there in the sunset, taking his full view of the land ––there to see for himself how true and faithful Jehovah had been.”
When we think of Moses we must remember, He did stand on the goodly mountain within the Land of Promise.
And we also must remember that there, on the top of Pisgah, God prepared something better for Moses than even entrance into the land of earthly promise.
“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses,
whom the Lord knew face to face.”