Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 34

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: The Change in Leadership (c 31-34)
Message: Moses Dies (v 1-12)

Deuteronomy 34 Commentary

(34:1-4) Moses Dies in Moab - God allowed Moses to see the Promised Land but did not allow him to set foot in it. He died in Moab; however, he is most certainly with God, which is even better than being in the Promised Land. We might not accomplish all that we dream in this life, but we can look forward to eternal life, which will be far better than anything else we could imagine.

(34:4,10) A Reflection on Moses' Life - Moses was a great prophet, the only person who ever spoke with God face-to-face (Exodus 33:11; Numbers 12:8). Yet even this great man was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he had disobeyed God (Numbers 20;12). No matter how good we are or how much we've done for God, we sometimes disobey him. The result of our disobedience is that we will be disciplined. God disciplined Moses severely but still called him his friend. When you experience the sting of God's discipline, respond as Moses did. Don't turn away in anger, embarrassment, or resentment. Instead, turn toward God with love, openness, and a desire to do better.

(34:10-12) Moses was a Friend of God - Moses, the man who did not want to be sent to Egypt because he was "slow of speech" (Exodus 4:10), delivered the three addresses to Israel that make up the book of Deuteronomy. God gave him the power to develop from a stuttering shepherd into a national leader and powerful orator. His courage, humility, and wisdom molded the Hebrew slaves into a nation. But Moses was one person who did not let success go to his head. In the end, God was still Moses' best friend. His love, respect, and awe for God had grown daily throughout his life. Moses knew that it was not any greatness in himself that made him successful; it was the greatness of the all-powerful God in whom he trusted. Many great and powerful prophets lived during the time of the kings. But it would be more than 1,000 years before one greater than Moses would appear-Jesus.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

No Respecter of Persons

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 34 and we see the end of the life of Moses who the Lord used to pen the first 5 books of the Bible commonly called the books of the Law. What catches my eye today is that God is no respecter of persons. Moses was chosen to pen these books, spoke to God face to face (Ex 33-11) was chosen to teach this new generation the law and walked with the old generation as they chose to reject God. Still with all he did he was not allowed to go into the promise land and was buried in Moab due to his sin. (Num 20:12) God called Moses his friend but still had to judge his sin due to His holiness. In making application I am reminded that even today that God judges sin even if we do great things in His name. it reminds me of a pastor that had led many to Christ and choose to enter into a sinful relationship. He lost his Church although he had done such a great work for the Lord. Reminding us again that God is no respecter of persons. Your sin will find you out. You will suffer the consequences of your sin even if you are saved or do a tremendous work of the Lord. How about you? Do you understand that even if you are saved and if you sin - God will judge your sin?  Let us learn from today's text and the life of Moses and be  reminded that God is no respecter of persons and God will judge our sins.


Deuteronomy 34

Deuteronomy 34

 1And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,

 2And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,

 3And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

 4And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

 5So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.

 6And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

 7And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

 8And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

 9And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

 10And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

 11In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,

 12And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.