If Moses was the author of Deuteronomy, how could he have recorded his own death?

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Speaker 1

So Roland is asking, if Moses was the author of Deuteronomy, how could he have recorded his own death? I have read of three suggestions made by scholars. First, it was Joshua who inserted this particular sentence for Moses. Th it was God who completed the sentence on behalf of Moses. Third, it was Moses himself who was suddenly aware of his imminent death and recorded it with tears in his eyes and he went to die. Furthermore, it is also stated that God secretly buried Moses and the location of his grave is unknown to this day. Many people would have been present at the time of his death. Did God suddenly snatch him from their site and took him to heaven and restored his life? In the New Testament, we see Moses appearing on the Mount of Transfiguration in the company of Elijah, who went to heaven without dying. So does that explain that Moses was instantly taken to heaven and became alive again?

Speaker 2

Roland, that is a very good question and I really appreciate this one because it’s something that I think any good Bible student has to come to terms with. Like, so what exactly happened? And as far as okay, so the first part of your question is who wrote this last, basically, chapter of Deuteronomy in 34? Because that’s where we see basically starting in verse five where it talks about Moses death. So I’ll just read that really quick, deuteronomy 34 and verses five and six. And so it says, So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab according to the word of the Lord, just because God said you’re going to die, you’re not going to go into the Promised Land. And in verse six he says, and he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab. So it appears to be that God buried Moses in the land of moeb over against Belf Paor, but no man knows it is the poultry unto this day. So honestly, this is what I would say as far as what happened, as far as who wrote this last section, because then it kind of has like an obituary almost afterwards where it says in the children Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab 30 days.

Speaker 2

In verse seven it says, Moe was 120 when he died, and his eye was not dim, nor his natural face force abated. So he was still strong and people grieve for him in the first status. And Joshua, the son of none, was full of the spirit, for Moses had laid his hands upon him and the children is real herculed unto him and did as the Lord commanded Moses. So basically, personally, if I was going to take a guess, I would think that Joshua completed the rest of this chapter just so people afterwards would be able to understand the ending of this book, the Book of Deuteronomy. And I’m very sure that it talks about how Moses and Joshua were close. I would be very surprised if Moses didn’t tell Joshua, hey, I wrote these five books of the Bible, basically, and I want you to keep this going because we see the next book being the Book of Joshua. So I think it’s very probable for Joshua to have completed the Book of Deuteronomy and basically wrote down what happened as far as that God buried Moses and that nobody knows where this culture is and how great Moses was.

Speaker 2

And what I love in verse ten where it says, and there arose not a prophet in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. So he says really wonderful things about Moses. I don’t think Moses would have written that about himself. I think he was very humble and so that would be my guess to that. Now, just as far as the rest of your question, what happened to Moses then after he died? Well, there is Jewish tradition that basically says that after three days of Moses being dead that he resurrected and the Lord took him to heaven. And you do see that implied in the Book of Jude in the New Testament. Jude just has one chapter. So if you look at verse nine, it says, yes, Michael the archangel, who won’t get to a long Bible study. But basically, I believe the archangel is another name for Jesus before he came to the earth. I don’t think Jesus is an angel. I think Jesus is God. I think he’s the commander of the angels. That’s why he’s called archangel. It means head of the angels. Basically, I’m just saying that. But basically it says, when Michael was contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses and does not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuked thee.

Speaker 2

So basically I believe that after Moses had died, basically I think Jesus was coming to resurrect him and the devil’s like, no, he was a murderer. He did all these things you can’t he doesn’t get to go to heaven. I mean, the devil, that’s all he does. He’s the accuser of the brethren, as you see in the Book of Revelation. But I believe Jesus said no. The Lord rebuked thee. I’m the one who saved him and he’s going to heaven with me because he is my follower and my people. So I think that explains why you do see Jesus with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration that you see in Matthew chapter 17. So anyways, I hope that answers your question. I really don’t think Moses wrote the rest of it, and even if he did, I don’t think he would have done so with tears in his eyes. I think he would have been very much at peace because the Lord told him, you’re not going to go in the Promised Land. But I think Moses had to die by faith, knowing that God would bring him to the better promised land, the real one, which is heaven.

Speaker 2

So, anyways, I hope that answers your question. Yeah. Jerry, any other thoughts on that? Yeah.

Speaker 1

No, that’s exactly what I said, too.

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