The death of Moses was a significant historical event. He was the leader of the Israelites, a force of approximately 2 million people. For 40 years he stood in the gap between a Holy God and a stiff-necked people. Through his hands, God brought plagues, parted the sea, won wars, provided bread from heaven, called forth water from a rock, and split the earth.
In the last chapter of Deuteronomy it states, “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”
But like all men he died.
For me, the event of Moses’s death, as significant as it was for Israel, was a mere turn of the page, and this is the way God desired it to be.
The reason I say this is that the Bible is, generally speaking, a recording of historical events. It was written by 40 different men over a period of 1600 years. The Bible did not fall from heaven in one leather bound volume. Real men recorded real events in real time about a real God.
This was the role of God’s servant Moses, and this would also become the role of God’s servant Joshua. They were instruments, used by God to document God’s story of redemption. With each chapter we see the Glory of God on display in history. We see His promises, we see His patience, we see His faithfulness, we see His power, we see His holiness, we see His Wisdom, but most importantly we see the common thread of redemption. And this redemption reaches its apex and fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God best sums this up in Hebrews 1:1-3, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things.” Moses existed to be a pointer to the coming of Christ. Joshua existed to be a pointer to the coming of Christ. All of the prophets existed to be pointers to the coming of Christ.
The Bible is not like any other book that has ever existed. It is a recording of God’s providence as he unfolds history according to the purpose of His will. So as we read, let us marvel that the pen of God is not made of plastic and ink. The pen of God consists of the cosmos and all of its inhabitants. If God were to write a book, I suppose He would write it like this.