Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Deuteronomy 34:5-6 (NIV)
And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.
Deuteronomy 34:5-6 (MSG)
Moses died there in the land of Moab, Moses the servant of God, just as God said. God buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth Peor. No one knows his burial site to this very day.
“So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows where his burial place is to this day.” -AMPLIFIED
In our text today we find that Moses, the servant of the Lord, dies in the land of Moab on top of Mount Nebo. This happened exactly as God told him it would.
What is interesting about Moses’ death is this; that once he died the Word tells us that God buried him. Notice where God buried him, in Moab. Moab was the land of the decedents of Lot. The home of the modern day Jordan. The Moabites and the Israelites were not on friendly terms; in fact, one could say that they were enemies. Moab bordered the Promised Land; so God brought Moses up to the very border of the Promise and he died there because of his sin.
You may ask, “Why did God bury Moses?” The answer would be this: In order that there would be no grave or monument that the Israelites could return to worship. Moses was buried by God and where he was buried was kept secret from all men, so that they could not return to it and worship this man. (For that was all he was, a great man used by God to do amazing things in order to bring glory to the Most High.)
Moses was indeed a great leader. We are told that he was the servant of the Lord. The servant’s job was to bring glory to the Master; not glory to oneself. Moses knew this quite well and he lived his life in such a way that he humbly pointed out that everything that he was able to do was because of God.
God intentionally buried Moses so that there would be no point in time that the people could return to the spot where he had died in order to worship the man. Remember these words that Jehovah spoke to the people back in Exodus 20:2-6 “I am the Eternal your God. I led you out of Egypt and liberated you from lives of slavery and oppression. You are not to serve any other gods before Me. You are not to make any idol or image of other gods. In fact, you are not to make an image of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. You are not to bow down and serve any image, for I, the Eternal your God, am a jealous God. As for those who are not loyal to Me, their children will endure the consequences of their sins for three or four generations. But for those who love Me and keep My directives, their children will experience My loyal love for a thousand generations.” -(VOICE)
We must remember that God will NOT share His glory with another. Isaiah reminds us of this fact. ““I am the Lord, that is My Name; My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8 (AMP)
“And the glory and majesty and splendor of the Lord will be revealed, and all humanity shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” Isaiah 40:5 (AMP)
It is here in the last chapter of Deuteronomy that we find out some pertinent information about God equipping Moses, His servant. “Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his eyesight hadn’t failed and his strength hadn’t diminished.” Deuteronomy 34:7 (VOICE)
Scripture also tells us that the people mourned the loss of their leader. “The children of Israel stayed in the plains of Moab and mourned for Moses for 30 days, until the grieving period was over.” -Deuteronomy 34:8 (VOICE)
God handled the death of this great man a little differently than He did with others, but what He did was intended for a good purpose. God did it in this way so that all glory and honor would go to Him.
Lord, help me to always be sure that I am giving all glory and honor to you. Help me to humbly serve you faithfully. You are God, Most High. You are the Great “I AM”. Oh Lord, all glory and honor belong to you!