Moses served God faithfully, but because of a public act of disobedience (see Numbers 20:8-13) God allowed Moses to see the land of promise but not enter into it. Joshua the son of Nun was commissioned as the new leader of the sons of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:14-15, 23), and Moses finished up his time as leader by writing down the last of the law, as well as a song God gave him to teach the people (Deuteronomy 32). He then pronounced a blessing on each tribe, and a blessing on the people as a whole. And it is beautiful!
“‘There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your help, and through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’ So Israel dwells in security, the fountain of Jacob secluded, in a land of grain and new wine; His heavens also drop down dew. Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, who is the shield of your help, and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies shall cringe before you, and you shall tread upon their high places.'” ~ Deuteronomy 33:26-29 (NASB)
Jeshurun, in Hebrew Yeshuruwn, means “upright one”. Israel, the righteous! Moses knew his “children” would fall away from God in the future, yet he used this term to encourage and admonish them to continue walking uprightly, with their God. As parents, that is certainly our heart’s desire, to encourage and instruct our children to stay upright in their walk with God. 🙂
And so the life of Moses came to an end. Whoever wrote the last few verses of Deuteronomy, finishing up the writings of Moses- he was inspired by God to write Genesis through Deuteronomy- gave him a lovely eulogy.
“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 his burial place to this day…
So the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days…
Since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, for all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, and for all the mighty power and for all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” ~ Deuteronomy 34:5-6, 8a, 10-12 (NASB)
God Himself buried Moses, the man “whom the LORD knew face to face”.