“So Moses, the servant of the lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the lord had said.” (Deuteronomy 34:5 NLT)
It seemed fitting to mark the 100th blog with the passing of Moses. I have found Deuteronomy to be a really difficult book. Ever since Exodus when Moses got the Ten Commandments, there has been lots of repetition and not much actual plot.
The Israelites have been wondering through the wilderness for 40 years and oh my goodness it has felt like 40 years since I started reading about it.
Our modern reading skills are so removed from even this fairly snappy translation. We demand action and a clear plot. But in the past four Bible books all we’ve had is the Law of Moses told by Moses to the Israelites. And as they wondered around the desert, Moses kept reminding them of the Law.
And now, finally, they have reached the edge of the river. Moses knows he will not see the Promised Land, so he gives Joshua and the other leaders their final instructions. Then he goes up the mountain and dies there.
And so we start to read the account of Joshua.
I’m hoping for a bit more narrative in this book!