The Death of Moses
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The Death of Moses
When the saga of Moses comes to an end with the prophets death, the
narrative voice in Deuteronomy 34:9-11 states: “Since then no prophet has
risen in Israel like Moses whom the LORD knew face to face.” Were the
prophets that came after Moses equal to his stature? In determining the
answer to this question, by researching this topic I will discuss and look
at the entirety of Moses life as recorded in the Scripture. There are
certainly many unique aspects of Moses life that were not duplicated
in the lives of any of the subsequent prophets.
For example, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince. There is noting in the Bible to indicate that he knew of his Israelite heritage until
adulthood. True, his own mother was recruited by the Egyptian princess to
nurse him through infancy, but there is little to suggest that Moses
would have retained any memory or inclination of his heritage from this
period (Neufeld, 1993). Yet, despite his acculturation as an Egyptian, he
was able to not only accept, but rejoice in his relationship to the
Israelite slaves of Egypt. This is certainly a unique characteristic of
Moses life that was not duplicated.
Furthermore, no other prophet, save Moses, had the experience of
meeting God “face to face” as Moses did on Mt. Sinai with the burning bush.
However, the Bible does clearly indicate that other prophets “spoke” to
God and received guidance in their own way. As this suggests, it is
also possible to argue that there were prophets after Moses equal to him
in their relationship to God. This stance is supported, somewhat, in the
biblical verses that describe how Moses felt on this topic of shared
responsibility for leading the people.
These verses describe how two men in the Hebrew camp, Eldad and Medad,
felt that the spirit of God came upon them and they began to prophesize
within the camp. A young man ran and told Moses what these two men were
doing. Joshua, son of Nun and minister to Moses reacted quickly and
implored Moses to forbid the men from doing this. However, Moses said to
him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lords people were
prophets, that the Lord would put his spirit upon them.” After which,
Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp (Numbers 11:24-30).
As this suggests, Moses, certainly, had no qualms about supposing that
others could have a relationship with God as close as the one that
inspired him. In fact, in these verses in Numbers, he indicates that this
would be his fondest wish and hope for the future of Israel. Moses
obviously did not see himself in terms of superlatives, as the “greatest” or
even the most important prophetic voice that the Hebrew people had ever
heard. Rather, Moses was concerned for the spiritual welfare of all
Israelites, therefore, in Numbers 11:24-30, he sounds quite pleased to
hear that two men feel inspired to speak and implore the people to remain
righteous and follow scriptural teaching.
Beck (1999) outlines additional passages that indicate much the same
message. He states that “Moses had a problem with success” (Beck, 1999,
p. 531). Moses was successful in obtaining freedom from Egyptian slavery
for the Hebrew people, but now he had to shoulder the responsibility of
leading them, caring for them, tending to their physical needs (food,
water, etc), setting their disputes and keeping up their hopes (Beck,
1999). In Exodus, the Bible relates how Jethro, Moses father-in-law,
suggests to him that judges should be appointed to share the work of
settling conflicts (Beck, 1999). Subsequently, in the Book of Numbers, when
the elders have gathered away from the camp, God instructs Moses and
tells him that some of the spirit that has been placed on Moses shall be
placed on the appointed judges. – “they shall bear the burden of
the people with you so you do not bear it all by yourself” (Beck,
1999., p. 160).
As this indicates, God intends the burden of service to be shared
(Beck, 1999). This perfect sense because the more people who are empowered
to serve, the greater the good that will be accomplished in the world
(Beck, 1999).

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