Why did God rebuke Satan over Moses’ body?

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God Rebuked Satan

Jude reveals that the dead body of Moses was the subject of dispute between Christ and Satan. “Yet Michael the archangel, in [a]contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9).

Apart from Jude’s account, the only scriptural reference to the burial and missing body of Moses is found in Deuteronomy 34, where it is recorded that the Lord buried His faithful servant and that his grave was not known to men: “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 a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day” (Deuteronomy 34:5, 6).

The Bible gives the fact that Moses is alive because He appeared with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration: “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him” (Matthew 17:1-3).

Therefore, it may be concluded that the Lord triumphed in the contest with the devil and raised Moses from his grave. This resurrection made Moses the first known subject of Christ’s resurrecting power. And the Lord rebuked the devil for his interference. There can be no stronger condemnation than being rebuked by the Lord. Zachariah 3:2 records another instance where the devil was rebuked: “And the LORD said unto Satan, the LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?”

The devil is our constant accuser before the Father. But Christ will triumphantly deliver us from him at the Second Coming “for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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