by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Trial of Moses
Clarence E. Macartney
Deut. 34:4

God's last word to Moses, after his heroic life and
magnificent service, was No. Moses asked to go over
the Jordan with the children of Israel into the land
of Canaan, but God said, "Thou shalt not go over!"

In front of the church of the Huguenots in Paris, the
Oratoire, is the noble statue of the great Protestant
hero, Admiral de Coligny. At the base of the statue
are the words spoken of Moses by the writer of the
Letter to the Hebrews: "He endured, as seeing him who
is invisible." Some men are governed by the temporal
and by the seen, the visible. Moses was one of those
great souls who are ruled and governed by the

The three greatest men of the Bible are Abraham, Paul,
and Moses. When I say this, I do not mean that in
every instance these three men, in and of themselves,
are the greatest men of the Bible. Their importance is
in the streams of influences which flowed from them
and the place they occupied in critical and formative
periods of man's history. Even outside of the Bible
the imprint of Moses is deep and lasting. Jude,
writing as if it were a well-accepted fact in his day,
speaks of how Michael and the Devil disputed over the
body of Moses. For heaven and for the Devil, Moses was
a great prize. Perhaps God gave him secret burial on
Nebo's lonely mountain lest men should worship his
sepulcher. Again, there is the beautiful Jewish legend
of how the angel of death tried in vain to take the
soul of Moses from him. Then God came down and drew
the soul of Moses from him with a kiss. If anyone in
the Bible deserved the kiss of God's approval, that
man was Moses.

The whole life of Moses was a trial. And so life for
all of us is a trial. But there was one supreme and
final trial for Moses. To understand the power of that
trial, we must review some of the incidents in his
life. ...

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