Deuteronomy 33: The Blessing

Deuteronomy 33: The Blessing September 14, 2012

“This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.” -Deuteronomy 33:1

Before his death, Moses focused some of his final words on blessing others. Though he had been stern at times to the people under his leadership, he desired to leave a legacy of blessing toward the people he had led for the past forty years.

Notice three specific aspects mentioned in this first verse regarding this spiritual leader. First, we are given his name, Moses. Proverbs 3:2-4 teach, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” His love and faithfulness toward God had given Moses a name well-known in his time and today. Blessing others begins with having a good name, a good reputation among those we desire to bless.

Second, we are given his description–“the man of God.” Moses had failed often, yet had been used greatly by God. As a result, he became known as a man of God, a title used of only a few individuals in Scripture. How do people describe you? Are you known as a man of God or a woman of God? We are not known by what we tell people to call us, but by how we live. The way o change how we will be described by future generations is by how we live each day, starting today.

Third, we are told of the blessing itself. A person with a good name who is known as a man of God or woman of God can rightly leave a blessing on others. The blessing was the result of his name and reputation. A person whose life is marked by sin, pride, and selfishness is not sought for a blessing. Those known for integrity and walking with God are.

Today, seek to live in such a way that exudes integrity and faithfulness to God. May others someday look to you as a source of blessing.

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