Most Difficult for Moses

  Can we even imagine what a tremendously difficult task Moses had to lead the grumbling, complaining, rebellious nation of ancient Israel out of Egyptian bondage and to the banks of the Jordan River. For forty long and arduous years he carried the burden of leadership, often being threatened by rebellion, rejected, defied, disobeyed. Many times he had to intervene with God not to completely destroy Israel because they were a stiff necked people.

  Yet, in Deuteronomy, we read of the last words of Moses to Israel before he died. Among them were difficult words of how they would betray God and lose the land He gave them. After all the faithful work of his life was done he could recognize that Israel would not remain loyal to the Lord. To perceive this and know this would be the case must have been a trying episode in the life of one of God's greatest people.