September 21, 2007

Breadcrumb: Death by old age

Deut. 31:2 informs us that Moses is 120 years old as he hands the reins over to Joshua and prepares to be taken up by God. In other words, he was nearly 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt and began their wanderings in the desert. In that perspective, what Moses did was absolutely remarkable: in his old age, he led a force of 600,000 fighting men, plus women and children, for forty years in the desert, listening to them complain and grumble. It almost makes you think he was ready for death to take him at long last.

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