“WHY DO PEOPLE FEAR DEATH?”
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
This is a guest Article I believe it will bring blessings to all who read it. Why do humans mostly fear death, unwillingly accept death? With the pandemic flourishing through the fear of death and the MSM fanning it to a point of paranoia on the part of many. It’s time to gain another perspective from a spiritual point of view.
This article came via email from the First Fruits of Zion: The Weekly eDrash. Moses faced his own garden of Gethsemane, so to speak when the Lord summoned him to leave Israel behind and ascend Mount Nebo and die atop the mountain.
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MOSES AND GETHSEMANE
So, Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am a hundred and twenty years old today.” (Deut. 31:1-2)
At the outset of this Torah portion, Moses announced to Israel that he was about to die. He told people that God had forbidden him to cross over the Jordan with them.
According to long-standing tradition, the LORD announced to Moses, “Behold. The time for you to die is near” (Deut. 31:14), on the seventh day of the month of Adar in the biblical year 2488. It happened to be Moses’ birthday. He was one hundred and twenty years old to the day, which is why he said, “I am a hundred and twenty years old today” (Deut. 31:2). Therefore, Jewish tradition honours the seventh day of Adar as the anniversary of the birthday of Moses and the anniversary (yahrzeit) of his death.
Before that day was over, Moses ascended Mount Nebo and willingly surrendered his soul to his maker. In the legends and midrashim about the death of Moses, however, he does not go passively or willingly to his death. Instead, he argues vociferously for life. In the anguish of soul, he implores God to spare him the indignity of death. He beseeches God for mercy and attempts to counter the heavenly decree.
It seems strange that the traditional stories would paint Moses-the hero of hero’s-as reluctant to accept death. Why would Moses resist, striding, boldly into that dark night?
The example of Moses teaches us that we are not to accept death passively. Moses tells us, “Choose life in order that you may live” (Deut. 30:19).
Some religious circles foster an unhealthy and morbid fascination with death. Since “to be absent from the body is to be home with the Lord” (2Cor. 5:8), It might seem natural to look forward to death and embrace it when it comes. On the contrary, death is the enemy, the last enemy. Though death comes with inevitable certainty, it should never be our hope. Our hope is life. We find comfort in death only because we have seen life overcome it.
Death feels offensive to the human soul, for God has set eternity in the heart of man. God made man for immortality; death is a sacrilege to our inner-being. This explains why Moses resisted death, even though his hope was certain.
In a similar way, the second Moses struggled against death in Gethsemane. He said, “Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me!” (Matt.26:39). How is it, when so many martyrs have gone bravely to their deaths, that the Master flinched in the face of his own especially when he knew that his death would purchase the redemption of Israel? Yeshua followed in the example of Moses who strove against death to the end.
Death is abhorrent, and one has an obligation to strive for it. Just as Moses beseeched God for a reprieve, so too, Yeshua struggled for life. Ultimately, both Moses and the master surrendered to the will of the Father: “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). They found life in submission to the Father. They chose life, even in death:
For whosoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matt. 16:25).
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