king for a day

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king for a day

Deuteronomy 33:4-7 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses commanded us an instruction, a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
Deuteronomy 33:5 So he became King in Jeshurun when the leaders of the people gathered with the tribes of Israel.
Deuteronomy 33:6 Let Reuben stay alive and not die though his people become few.
Deuteronomy 33:7 He said this about Judah: Yahveh, hear Judah’s cry and bring him to his people. He fights for his cause with his own hands, but may you be a partner against his foes.

king for a day

Commentators disagree over who the “he” is in verse five. Some insist it is God, and some translations even supply the words “the LORD” in the verse, but the name is not there in the original text. The natural assumption of a reader is that Moses was acting as king as he pronounced blessings upon the tribes. But Moses never was installed as king, and this blessing was the last thing he was to do before climbing Mount Nebo and dying. So, if he did become king, he became king for a day. He had been servant of God for 120 years.

We never know what heights we will experience in God’s service, nor how long they will last. What matters is serving God no matter what position we hold. What matters is who holds us.

Lord, we commit ourselves to your service. You decide how.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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