As with all character development in the Bible, we know that the Bible isn’t trying to portray Moses as blameless or perfect by any means, much like it didn’t try to mask the mistakes and failures of Abraham. Yet despite his shortcomings, Moses certainly had both character and leadership qualities worth emulating, such as his shepherd’s heart in wanting to bless his people one last time as he uttered the words in this chapter.
Of course, while wanting to be a blessing to people is good and noble, what you believe will bless them the most is even more important. Here Moses gave us an example of blessing others by wanting them to be happy in God, and the way he went about that was by reminding them of God initiating a relationship with them. He said, “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs” (v. 29). Moses decided to exit this life by reminding his fellow Israelites that God is good and that it was in Him, not their own strength or cleverness, that they were protected from their enemies. May we likewise serve those around us.
In what ways are you seeking to be a blessing to others around you? How are you striving to do this?