Worship Service 29 October 2017
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Laverne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
October 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 22:34-46
The Rest of the Story


   Deuteronomy 34:1 -12

   Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 

   I Thessalonians 2:1-8

   Matthew 22:34-46

Deuteronomy 34                                   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab

34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lordhad commanded Moses.

10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12 and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Psalm 90

God’s Eternity and Human Frailty

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place[a]
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us[b] back to dust,
    and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
    are like yesterday when it is past,
    or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

2 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,[a] that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle[b] among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Matthew 22:34-46

The Greatest Commandment

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

The Question about David’s Son

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42 “What do you think of the Messiah?[a] Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit[b] calls him Lord, saying,

44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Pastor's Summary of Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Today's reading is the final chapter of Deuteronomy and the Pentateuch, the Law, the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  The wandering is over; the people of Israel look forward to the future; they are about to enter the Promised Land. Moses has prepared them for this new life. In 32:48-52, God has told him that he will die outside the Land because Moses "broke faith" with him when the people demanded water and God provided (see Numbers 20:1-13).

God shows him the whole Land from a mountain near the northern end of the Dead Sea: from the Sea of Galilee region ("Dan...Manasseh", vv. 1-2) in the north to the "Negeb" (v. 3) desert in the south and from the "Western Sea" (v. 2, the Mediterranean) in the west to the Jordan in the east, "Judah" (v. 2) is in the center of the country. ("Zoar", v. 3, was at the south end of the Dead Sea.) Moses, an old man, dies suddenly in "Moab" (v. 6), now Jordan), across the Jordan from Israel; he dies as he lived: "at the LORD's command" (v. 5). The "burial place" (v. 6) may be unknown to avoid worship of the dead, an Egyptian practice. The story of Moses laying hands (v. 9) on Joshua, his successor, is in Numbers. The "spirit" is passed on to him; he is commissioned; he receives authority- as Elisha did later from Elijah. Vv. 10-12 eulogize Moses. For "terrifying displays of power" (v. 12)  and for all the mighty deeds, Moses is remembered .