VI. Death And Eulogy of Moses; Joshua's Success (34:1–12)
Moses finally climbs the mountain and views the land from a strategic point. Jericho, which lay opposite him, would become a witness to Israel and all Canaan to what Yahweh could do for his people if they wholly followed Joshua and the Torah of Moses. So Moses not only saw the land, he saw the city that would soon be given to Israel by Yahweh, opening up the potential subjugation of all the land at one stroke. Not even a mighty fortified city could stop them if they followed Yahweh (Jos 5:13-6:27). V. 4 is the only direct speech in ch. 34. It records the fulfillment of a major theme in the book: the faithfulness of Yahweh to keep his promises to the fathers and to his servant Moses.
Moses, the heir, died, and Israel wept. A magnificent eulogy of Moses closes the book, for Moses was the prototype of all prophets. No one like him appeared again—not until the One greater than Moses came (Heb 3:1ff.). Jesus, because of his perfect obedience to the Father in love, entered the inheritance promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Heb. vv. 3-10).
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