Deuteronomy 34

Moses death and burial
The authorship of this chapter would naturally not have been Moses. The Holy Spirit could well have helped another person to complete the story. Certain comments point to Joshua as the author. Tertius, who was stenographer for Paul's book of Romans, added his own comment ro1622ff.
.1 ¶ And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,    Moses went up God had told him to do so de3249. The Plains of Moab were the location of the final encampment of the Children of Israel before entering Canaan nu3348. Moses had preached his last sermon there de0105 and God gave directions there nu3501, nu3613.
  Nebo See on de3249 (linked above). See Dead Sea map, NE corner.
  Pisgah The north part of the Abarim range nu2712.
  Shewed As promised de0327 but he would not go there.
 2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,   Naphatali In the northern part of Canaan.
  Utmost sea Most likely the Great Sea which we know as the Mediterranean.
.3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
.4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
  Plain The Jordan valley; particularly the area near Jericho. See ge1310.
  City of palm trees The area near Jericho. See jg0116, 2ch2815.
  Land which I sware ge1207, ge1315, ex3301.
  Caused thee to see de0323 but he would not be part of the action in possessing it. We often walk in the dark valleys of this world not realizing that to live and suffer for God is an eternal privilege, not that we will be proud of our bruises but that we will have been partners with our Lord ph0310, 2co0106, ro0817.
 5 ¶ So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.   Servant Moses was directed by the Lord and served faithfully jos0102,7.
.6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
.7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 
.8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
  An hundred and twenty Moses' last forty years were spent in the desert as leader of God's people nu1433. The other eighty may well have been around forty in Egypt and forty in Midian.
  Eye not dim ... natural force We admire his health but there may be a more important lesson here. His life had been in the hands of God as ours may be. Moses died because it was time. Compare ps02304.
 9 ¶ And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
 10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
 11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
 12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
  10 - Face to face This figure of speech implies very close relationship and communication ex3320. Isaiah saw the Lord in vision is0601. Also ge3230, jg0622.

   Over the years Moses had allowed God to strengthen his character.

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