Moses In The Bible: The Sacred Scriptures

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The Sacred Scriptures recounts that Moses, after leaving Egypt, Moses led the people of Israel for forty years through the desert, facing grave dangers, fighting fierce enemies, and enduring harsh penalties, heading for the Promised Land. However, it is also known through the lines of Deuteronomy that once Moses reached the gates of the Promised Land, he had to say farewell to the people. Moses died there without being able to reach the longed-for goal. He had been, and still is, the greatest figure in Israel, the liberator of the people of Israel from the Egyptian captivity, and yet he died in exile, buried in a tomb that nobody could ever visit because nobody knows where it is (Deut. 34: 1 – 6). But, the question that many are asked is: why…show more content…
Moses says that God also became angry with him and condemned him to die in the desert by not allowing him to fulfill the dream of knowing the longed-for Promise Land (Deut 1: 37 – 38). God 's anger was so great that He, thirty-eight years later, when they arrived in Canaan, and all the Israelites had already been punished, Moses attempted to ask God to let him in, thinking that his anger had passed, but God answered with a definite no. God said to Moses, "‘Let it suffice you; speak no more to me of this matter" (Deut. 3: 23 – 28). He could not convince God to allow him to put a foot in the Promised Land. The question here is: why was God angry with Moses? What did he have to do with this story? Scholars have come with different theories, but they do not find a definitive answer. Some of them attempt to find something to blame Moses for, but apparently their attempt is inconclusive. Other think that this consisted of sending the spies to explore the country instead of trusting in God. Other believe that it was not to have accompanied the explorers. Another group thought that it was because he did not know how to pacify the Israelite rebellion as a good leader would…show more content…
According to this version, God punishes only the Israelites. Not only did God not punish Moses, but He promised to magnify him by remaining faithful (Num 14: 11 – 12). It is true that Moses had to die from something, but he does not just simply die. It is seen that “rather than dying a normal death, the result of natural decay, Moses disappears into the mountain to die, alone, full of vigor of life…. Moses dies. And that is that.” His death can be compared with that of Elijah 's. "The legend of Elijah 's death moves in the same direction, although with markedly more intense drama…. It cuts short work as yet unfinished. But in the heroic death of Moses or Elijah death carries a confirmation of a life 's work, and affirmation of God 's presence." Thus, the death of Moses was due to an act of solidarity. If the nation he had liberated, founded and guided should die in the desert, Moses had to follow the same path and accompany it to its tragic end. That is why, while the book of Numbers states that Moses was going to get into the Promised Land, Deuteronomy says no, because God decided that Moses had to follow Israel’s

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