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Sharing Scripture – December 25, 2021

The Resurrection of Moses

 

For use: December 19 – 25, 2021
Texts: Numbers 20:1-13; Deuteronomy 31:2; Deuteronomy 34:4; Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Jude 9; 1 Corinthians 15:13-22

 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Google co-founder Larry Page and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel all want to help you achieve eternal life. Or, at least extend your life by about a half century. They are all convinced that, by reversing DNA damage, death can become obsolete in the next 40-100 years.

All three men are major investors in research labs that are working to develop biological reprogramming technology that will reverse the aging process. Biological reprogramming is the process of instructing cells to revert to a younger embryonic stage, effectively reversing their entire aging process.

David Sinclair is a Harvard researcher who successfully restored sight to mice last December using biological reprogramming. He reports, “There are hundreds of millions of dollars being raised by investors to invest in reprogramming specifically aimed at rejuvenating parts or all of the human body.”

Moses experienced a form of biological reprogramming when Christ resurrected him from the grave. Paul explains the resurrection process to the best of his ability in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT), “We will all be transformed…. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.”

Moses was not only physically dead, he was also spiritually dead according to Satan. Jude 9 records that Satan fought with Christ to keep Moses in the grave. Apparently, Satan claimed to have authority over Moses, since Moses (like every other human) fell into his trap of sin. Jesus, however, didn’t bother getting into an argument with Satan over his claims. Christ, in a moment worthy of any Hollywood superhero flick, simply told the villain “The Lord rebuke you” and rescued Moses anyway.

Although biological reprogramming of living cells seems like a technological miracle, Christ performed an even greater miracle by resurrecting Moses from the dead—essentially reinstalling the elixir of life into dead matter. In the life and writings of Moses, we see that Jesus is not only the creator of heaven and earth, but that Christ is also the Re-creator, the Resurrection and the Life. Eternal life is available to all—even those whom Satan tries to claim as his.

 

For Reflection

 

Connecting: Imagine that you received biological reprogramming therapy that made you both immortal and forever young. What career would you pursue? How would you maintain relationships if your friends and family remained mortal?

Sharing: How do you think Moses would feel watching the mess on this planet from his heavenly vantage point for the past few millennia?

  1. He’s glad he’s there and not here
  2. Some days he may wish he were still in the grave so he didn’t have to keep watching suffering humanity
  3. He would love to come back and fix things here, but he must remain patient and await the Second Coming like the rest of us
  4. He knows if he were General Conference President, he could lead this church to the Promised Land, just as he did before
  5. He probably can’t observe our human condition for too long before he has to take an extended break from it
  6. Other:

Applying: It’s highly unlikely that researchers will develop therapies to regenerate human cells forever, but they may find ways to extend human life a few years beyond our current life spans. What are some ways we can enhance our quality of life, both for today and during those potential added years?

Valuing: Can you identify one thing you’ve learned from studying the book of Deuteronomy these past few weeks that will make a practical difference in your life? Review that personal revelation over the next few days and explore how you can share what you’ve discovered with others.

 

~Chuck Burkeen
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