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Deuteronomy - Chapter 34

Bible Study Notes
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses went to the top of Mt Nebo where the Lord showed him the land of Canaan. Moses was allowed to see it, but not enter it. Moses died. The Lord buried Moses in the valley in the land of Moab, but no one knows where his grave is to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died, but still had the strength of a young man. Israel wept for Moses for thirty days. Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom when Moses laid his hands on him. Joshua was the new leader and the people obeyed Joshua. Never again has there been a prophet like Moses whom the Lord knew face to face and did signs and wonders until John the Baptist came over 800 years later, although John didn't show signs and wonders.

Notes: This concluding chapter was obviously written by someone other than Moses (probably the writer of Joshua) to bridge out of Deuteronomy into Joshua. Jude 9, which recounts Michael’s and Satan’s dispute over Moses’ body. Moses’ physical vision and physical health were not impaired. It was not death by natural causes that kept Moses from leading Israel into the Promised Land; it was his unfaithfulness to the Lord at Meribah. Joshua received 1) confirmation of the military and administrative ability necessary to the task the Lord had given him, as well as, 2) the spiritual wisdom to rely on and to be committed to the Lord through the laying on of Moses’ hands. Jesus then became the greatest prophet since Moses. Moses would show up along with the prophet Elijah to speak with Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration.

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