The End of an Era
A look at the Book of Deuteronomy and the death of Moses
Even in his old age, Moses still had perfect eyesight and incredible vigour for life.
The book of Deuteronomy is not really different from Exodus as it also deals with the narrative history of the Israelites and the laws of that era. At the time, the Israelites were becoming a bit too lawless. Moses who at this point was old knew that if he died, the Israelites would give in to temptations and abandon God’s Laws. He decides to write the book to remind the Israelites of what the Lord had done for them and to remind them of what conduct He expects from them.
In the book, Moses sat the Israelites down in order to look back at the trials and tribulations they went through to gain their freedom. He then goes on to lecture them about the dangers of them losing their way and not following Gods Laws. He talks about a number of things like loving and worshipping God, laws and the consequences that come from breaking them.
Most of the laws deal with the Golden Rule doctrine that Jesus would later preach to the masses (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) but as per usual, there were a couple of laws that could understandably be misinterpreted/ taken in a literal manner.
Case in point:
Passages from The Book of Deuteronomy (New International Version)
Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to an alien living in any of your towns, and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. But you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard." Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.
If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, "I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity," then the girl's father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate. The girl's father will say to the elders, "I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. Now he has slandered her and said, 'I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.' But here is the proof of my daughter's virginity." Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town.
If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.
Regardless of the weird laws, Moses was trying to emphasise that because they were The Lords Chosen, they should live in a manner that would represent such.
Satisfied that he made his point and realizing that he was too old to lead the Israelites, Moses handed over leadership of the nation to Joshua and died peacefully in a valley of the land of Moab.
As a testament to how highly God thought of Moses, he buried him.
Deuteronomy 34:5-7 (New International Version)
God Himself buried Moses, with no grave and no monument that the Israelites could use to create another idol for worship.
God Himself buried Moses.
At the end of his life, Moses was recognized as the deliverer of God’s people from Egypt but it would be unfair on the great man to only talk about that as he lived an incredible life:
•Due to the pharaoh going on a baby killing streak, he was “abandoned” at birth.
•He was found and subsequently adopted by the royal family.
•Killed some dude and escaped justice
•Saved the daughters of Jethro from some bandits
•Lead God's people out of Egypt
•PARTED THE RED SEA
•Established judicial laws
And to top it all off:
•THE MAN WAS BURIED BY GOD
Moses lived a life that many dream of. To be respected to that level by God is something many people would kill for.
Moses was a G.