I think we all would like to be able to look back at the end of our life and see what legacy we have left behind. What did all our toil and sacrifice achieve?
For those we esteem in the pages of history, we would expect a sizable list of achievements. But for Moses, upon reaching the edge of the Promised Land, he is confronted with the grim reality in Deuteronomy 31:14-29 that once he has passed away, the people he had led out of Egypt, and through the wilderness for 40 years would soon forsake God and break the covenant that He have made with them to follow after the gods of the land that they were entering.
One has to feel for Moses at this point, faced with this new reality that after his unenviable journey he had been on he is given a glimpse of what is destined to follow.
For I know how rebellious and stubborn you are. Behold, even today while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the Lord. How much more after my death! v 27
Yet there is some hope – To hold the people to account they are left with three things – a song written by God himself (which is the focus of tomorrow’s reading) and the books of the Law (what we know as the first five books of the Old Testament) and the commissioning of new leader – Joshua.
The point of the book of Hebrews was to demonstrate to the Jewish converts reading the book that Jesus is superior to everything and everyone. In our New Testament reading from Hebrews 1:5-14, the writer sets that Jesus is superior to Angels and quotes from various Old Testament passages to make his argument.