Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the LORD’s command.
There it is.
Moses is gone.
But doesn’t it seem fitting? There is nothing showy or heroic about that sentence. No fanfare. No slow-motion emotional manipulation. It says what it says. That is how you would expect the humblest man who ever lived to go out.
So humble, in fact, that no one even knows where his grave is. You can’t go visit it. You can’t make a shrine. You can’t set up an eternal flame.
He’s just gone. So long, Moses.
Honestly, when I read that today, I got a little sad. I had to pause and let that sink in. Even as I write this, I’m getting just a little teary. (What is WRONG with me?!) I felt a little like the first time I finished reading “Lord of the Rings.” I closed it and said goodbye to characters who felt like friends.
It makes sense thought, I have spent a good chunk of the last year of my life walking with Moses through the desert. I kinda liked the guy.
Normally, when important characters die, I give them a Eulogy.
I’m not going to do that with Moses. I think the writer of Deuteronomy does a great job. So we will just let him say it.
Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
I don’t want to say much more, but let me share one of my favorite things about Moses.
He was not a know-it-all. A man with that kind of God-given authority would be forgiven for being just a little arrogant. Not Moses. He faced all kinds of situations where he didn’t know what to do. Rather than making an executive decision, he would pray. He would seek an answer from the LORD. And he wouldn’t make a decision until he had it.
Sometimes, this resulted in brand new, radical laws being passed.
That is one of my favorite things about Moses.
How about you? What is your favorite thing about Moses, the man of God? Let’s make a tribute wall in the comments section.