Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Excerpts of a letter from Brother Adam.
I just want to take the time here to tell you how thankful I am to be receiving the Old Testament course material. There are times when the things I am learning come to mind during the day. I think a lot about Moses and how good he was to God’s people. I feel as though I am getting to know him. Reading the book of Deuteronomy felt different from reading any of the other books before it. Because of that, I wondered, did something happen to Moses in the wilderness? Even though there was a big time period that went by in silence, it feels as though something transpired in his heart. I like to think that his special relationship with God never faltered in spite of what happened to him at Meribah. What a wonderful man he was, and what a treasure he left behind for us!
After Moses’ experience of seeing God’s back on Mount Sinai, Moses must have become a very lonely man, just as David did after his unforgivable sin was taken away by God in 2Samuel 11. Moses’ face glowed so that no one could look at his face ever again. And like David, my guess is that Moses’ loneliness drove him to spend a lot of time alone with God, being filled with the Spirit in a way that ordinarily was not granted to Old Testament people, no matter how holy and true. Moses was an exceptional man of God.
So, in short, my opinion is that your feelings are correct, and that during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, something did happen to Moses that drew him closer to the heart of God than people of his time could comprehend.
I also thank God for the All Things message that I heard in Sister Lou’s testimony, which was a part of the Old Testament CDs. I can gather strength from her example. And Betty’s testimony about having a right attitude was so good. She said that God can teach us and that there is a chance for us as long as we have a right attitude. I love Sister Willie’s testimony, too, about being satisfied.
Praise be to God. I need Him so much! Thank you John for helping us get on the right track.
In the Old Testament course materials, I decided to let remain on the CDs the testimonies of the saints who take the course because those testimonies give evidence to the fact that the faith of those holy men and women in the Bible is a living faith. The Truth is still alive in God’s obedient children now. In that regard, I am not alone in teaching the Old Testament on the Old Testament CDs; rather we who believe are confessing the faith together, and we will leave this record of our faith for those will come after, just as the Bible is a record of the faith of those who went before us.
Blessed be the name of our God, who has delivered us from the ways of darkness and gives us this marvelous light so that we might serve Him acceptably without fear all the days of our lives. What a privilege!