“Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the South, and the plain of the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.
“Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; FOR HE LOOKED TO THE REWARD…”
Those two capitalized phrases in red above are the key: Moses kept his eyes on JESUS!
There is only one occurrence of this word in the entire Bible and it is right here in this verse. That is no coincidence. It means this principle is of utmost importance.
Transformed By Beholding.
This picture of Moses is the ultimate proof that we are transformed by beholding, just like it says in 2 Corinthians 3:18. The word for beholding in this verse is “Katoptrizó,” meaning “mirror, reflect.” It also, like the word above, occurs only one time in the entire Bible, right here in this verse!
Remember when Moses first met God? It was at the Burning Bush. Later in life, Jewish artisans under Moses’ direction, would make the seven-branch menorah that would give light in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle. It is reminiscent of the burning bush, which depicts Jesus, the Light of the world.
The menorah of the Tabernacle was an almond tree because it is the first tree in Israel to awake from it’s winter sleep, so to speak. It is a picture of resurrection.
But this bush is also a depiction of something else. Jesus is the Light of the world, but who carries His light to the world today? The Church! Just like the fire that did not consume the bush, so you and I can be “On Fire for Jesus,” have supernatural strength, and supernatural energy.
How do we do that ? By doing what Moses did: KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS! That is his secret to longevity.