V'Zot HaBerachah וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה - And this is the blessing
Reading #7 - Deuteronomy 34
Here we are at the end (but really the beginning). Our kind and generous Elohim takes Moses to the top of Pisgan and supernaturally shows Moses the COMPLETE Land of Israel. He can see all the way to the western sea! And yet Hashem says to him in verse 4, “I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” Moses sees the majestic beauty of the Land that has been promised for several centuries and I’m sure his heart soared. And even though he could not go into the Land, he had the satisfaction of leading all the people there safely. What a journey it was! Now it is his turn to die. I believe Moses must have felt so complete -- so comforted. He left his charge in trustworthy hands to Joshua. All was well and now it was time to step into eternity. With perfect peace.
Moses knows his time is over and he is leaving it all to the faithful hands of Joshua who was “full of the spirit of wisdom.” I was thinking, did you ever have to turn something over (that was very important to you) -- to someone else? Did you trust them? What a difference it would make. Sometimes it is very difficult to leave a job or ministry or even a family to the care of someone who may or may not be capable of tending to it/them. My last challenge of the year to you is this. Reflect on your life. Thank Hashem for all the good and that He was with you through all the bad. If you have had to leave something to someone else, ask Hashem to give that person the Spirit of wisdom to know how to handle it/them and to take good care of it/them. Then trust Him that He will help that person to care of things for you. Pray for that person as often as you are able. Turn it all over to Hashem, really it is His anyway isn’t it? Amen. Bless you.
Reading #7 - Deuteronomy 34
34:1 Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is opposite Jericho. Hashem showed him all the land of Gilead to Dan, 2 and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, to the Western Sea, 3 and the south, and the Plain of the valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, to Zoar. 4 Hashem said to him, “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your offspring. I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”
5 So Moses the servant of Hashem died there in the land of Moab, according to Hashem’s word. 6 He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth Peor, but no man knows where his tomb is to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died. His eye was not dim, nor his strength gone. 8 The children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the days of weeping in the mourning for Moses were ended. 9 Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. The children of Israel listened to him, and did as Hashem commanded Moses. 10 Since then, there has not arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom Hashem knew face to face, 11 in all the signs and the wonders which Hashem sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 12 and in all the mighty hand, and in all the awesome deeds, which Moses did in the sight of all Israel.