Everyone seems to want to get in the last word. But, ultimately who gets the last word in each of our lives. I know it is God. God gets the last word and we can see that in His Word, the Bible. So, each week click this article link to see the latest LAST WORD for each book of the Bible. We start in Genesis.
By Mike Chaffin
24 And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis 52:24-26.
The last word, who will get it. The Bible says God will have the last word. Romans 3:19 states,
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
So, considering God’s Word, what is the last word we take away from each book of the Bible? In Genesis, the last words are Joseph telling his kin that he is going to die. But that is not really the last word. His last words contain a prophesy. Prophecy has a future. This prophesy was one day God will visit them and take them to the promised land. When they go, Joseph wants to go with them, literally and figuratively, by asking them to carry his bones to the promised land. Joseph knows God is faithful and true and will fulfill his promise to his children.
The first book of the Bible ends with a promise that God will deliver. If you read the Bible you will find time after time, God comes through for his people. He did bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He delivered them from Balaam. He delivered them from harm when they conquered the land. He delivered them from invaders. He delivered David from Saul, Elijah from King Ahab, Jonah from the belly of a whale, Daniel from the lions’ den, and Jesus from the grave. The list could have a million more examples because God still does that today. He delivers.
Jesus told us to ask and receive so that our joy may be full. Did he mean that we should ask for cars and jewelry? No, he was talking about our needs, not our wants. What do we need most? We first need to be delivered from sin. If you have never asked Jesus to deliver you from sin you are not a child of God. Only God’s children get into heaven so those who don’t ask for deliverance spend eternity in hell. Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life and provide a perfect sacrifice for our sins. His sacrifice, when we accept Him as our savior, washes away the sins in our life. We ask him to live in us and he comes in and cleanses us, making us new, born again. Delivered from death to life. Then, as a child of God, we serve Him rather than sin.
Prayer: To accept Jesus deliverance from death, sin, and the grave pray this prayer; Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I know you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins. I accept your sacrifice and ask you deliver me from my sins. Cleanse me and make me new. I accept you as savior. Live in me, lead and guide me. I want to be yours. In Jesus name, Amen.
By Mike Chaffin
These are the commandments and the judgments which the Lord commanded the children of Israel by the hand of Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho. Numbers 36:13
God has led his people through the desert. He is poised to lead them into the promised land. But, this verse in Numbers initially looks a lot like the last word in Leviticus; but look closer. The commandments and instruction in Leviticus came from God’s instructions to Moses while he was on Mt. Sinai. This verse in Numbers refers to additional instructions they need setting up a society in the new land, Things like inheritance laws, division of the land, and rules for dealing with crime.
The book of Numbers was written during the 40 years the Hebrew people spent exiled in the desert. In exile because they wouldn’t trust God, wouldn’t listen, and willfully rebelled. Commandments were required to handle some of the situations that arose during those forty years. Judgements were made on those who weren’t willing to live a holy life and those who rebelled against Moses, Aaron and God. Holiness is important.
Rebellion brings judgement. It did in the desert and still does today. What can be done to escape the coming judgement? The Good News is found only in Jesus and obedience to him. The last word to remember that God is telling us is Obedience. He requires it.
Jesus came to earth on a mission. To live a Holy life and be obedient to the Father in laying his life down as a sacrifice for our sins. We have been paid for by a price. The gift is free to us through God’s grace. With salvation comes the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into Holiness and Obedience. You can’t have one without the other.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your guidance. For your Word, the Bible gives us the directions we need to follow to be Holy. Help me be obedient to your word. To turn from sin and the world, die to fleshly desires and live a new life in the Spirit, doing your will. Help me in all I do. In Jesus Name, Amen.
By Mike Chaffin
10 But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, 12 and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel. Deuteronomy 34:10-12
The prophet Moses has died. No more words will he speak to the children of Israel. The last words here boast at the relationship Moses had with God, and how he was given power to lead, do signs and wonders. But there is apprehension in the first words of verse 10. No one like Moses has come to take his place.
Joshua likely penned this final epitaph, attaching it to Moses writings in Deuteronomy. Joshua took over for Moses and knew he wasn’t a prophet like Moses. Joshua was a great military leader and likely a little nervous to step into Moses sandals. But Joshua also knew the promise God had given Moses a few days earlier when God said;
18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. Deuteronomy 18:18-19
God delivered on this promise as well. Throughout the Old Testament God sent prophets to tell the people to repent. Ezekiel and Elijah were gifted with miracles at a time when there were only 6000 Israelites left who hadn’t fallen into idolatry. They strengthened God’s people at a time when it was needed most. Isaiah prophesied more about Jesus than any other of God’s spokesmen. Jonah taught us God cares about those who don’t know him and the importance of telling others about God’s love and judgement. Jeremiah and Ezekiel showed us the balance of God’s love, his judgement on sin, and the future restoration from the exile.
But the ultimate prophet, the one God is talking about in Deuteronomy 18, is Jesus. He is more than a prophet; he is the Son of God. In the gospel of John we see Jesus address how God is fulfilling the first part of this pronouncement in Deut. 18:18;
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
And he explains God’s judgment stated in Deut. 18:19 when he continues;
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The Bible interprets itself. God has given us a way to salvation. A way to escape the judgement. Salvation is only available through the sacrifice of Christ and our repentance and accepting Him into our hearts.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you have made a way to escape death. Through Christ I can come to you. I can have the Holy Spirit leading and guiding me through this fallen and sinful world. I put my trust in you. Help me to live in you. In Jesus name, Amen.