Tuesday, Feb. 14                                 

Moses and Samuel had a lot in common.  God was specifically involved in their births, which were accompanied by miracles.  They were chosen by God from the beginning to carry out a major work for God.  Moses organized the Jews into a nation and led them out of Egypt to the “Promised Land.”  Samuel was God’s man to move the nation into a monarchy.  For whatever reason they are linked together as special men of God in Psalm 99:6 and Jer. 15:1.  Both men had a very intimate relationship with God, one that allowed them to argue with God.  Contrast that with Isaiah’s encounter with God in Is. 6:5—“Woe is me  . . . I am ruined.  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live in the midst of a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”  And Daniel in Dan.8:17—“As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate.”  And John in Rev. 1:17—“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”  I’m not suggesting that Moses and Samuel were saintly and Isaiah, Daniel, and John were not.  It just reveals two truths that exist at the same time.  God is giving us a picture of what we were and what we are.  We probably need to be reminded of both.  It’s a remarkable difference.  And it’s a glimpse into eternity.  We will all have the Moses and Samuel kind of relationship in heaven—all the time, for all of eternity.  And that is special.

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