chs. 33 to 34. Tribal Blessings.
The Staff of Moses
INDIVIDUAL TRIBES BLESSED
Deuteronomy chapters 33 to 34
THE BLESSING OF THE TRIBES BY MOSES
[Deuteronomy 33:1] AND THIS IS THE BLESSING, WHEREWITH MOSES THE MAN OF G-D BLESSED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BEFORE HIS DEATH.
<<THE MAN OF G-D>>: Moses was the greatest prophet who ever existed or who ever will be. G-d spoke to him (and only he) directly (Numbers 12:7-8).
[Deuteronomy 33:2] AND HE SAID, THE L-RD CAME FROM SINAI, AND ROSE UP FROM SEIR UNTO THEM; HE SHINED FORTH FROM MOUNT PARAN, AND HE CAME WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF SAINTS: FROM HIS RIGHT HAND WENT A FIERY LAW FOR THEM.
<<THE L-RD CAME FROM SINAI>>: G-d revealed Himself on Mount Sinai to all the people. This tradition proves itself. An individual can make a claim that he received such and such a revelation and you may or may not believe him. If a whole community numbering several million people have a tradition, then it must be accepted since millions of people cannot invent such notions regarding all of themselves.
[Deuteronomy 33:3] YEA, HE LOVED THE PEOPLE; ALL HIS SAINTS ARE IN THY HAND: AND THEY SAT DOWN AT THY FEET; EVERY ONE SHALL RECEIVE OF THY WORDS.
[Deuteronomy 33:4] MOSES COMMANDED US A LAW, EVEN THE INHERITANCE OF THE CONGREGATION OF JACOB.
The Law is the inheritance of all Israel. The Lost Ten Tribes are temporarily absolved from the law and on the individual level are considered as Gentiles but in the future they will return, receive affirmation of their Israelite identity, and re-accept the Law.
[Deuteronomy 33:5] AND HE WAS KING IN JESHURUN, WHEN THE HEADS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL WERE GATHERED TOGETHER.
<<JESHURUN>> in Modern Hebrew â€œYeshurenâ€. This is another name for Israel. We have mentioned the Phoenician inscription linking â€œYeshurunâ€ with the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians were mixed Canaanite and other peoples who dwelt on the coasts of Lebanon and Syria and sent their ships all over the world. Their chief cities were Tyre and Sidon. Some of the Israelite tribes in a cultural sense would have been considered â€œPhoenicianâ€.
<<THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL>>: The concept of Tribes is very important in the Bible.
[Deuteronomy 33:6] LET REUBEN LIVE, AND NOT DIE; AND LET NOT HIS MEN BE FEW.
Reuben, we identify with groups that settled primarily in France and greatly influenced the French national character: They have the characteristics of being passionate, sensitive, unstable, cultured, refined, seekers of justice, daring, etc. The French believe in ceremonial. They also hold to rigidity of rights, e.g. people who pass certain examinations, who are born into certain families, etc, have automatic rights to positions of governmental service and the like. There is less allowance for a free flow of enterprise and talent. They have the characteristics of a dispossessed first-born son of basically good nature but who can never quite reconcile himself with what he has lost.
In an article on the French national character ('Pride of A Nation -- A Cultural Profile of the French People') Bob Riel raised the following points:
"In terms of power and authority, the French have traditionally placed significant power in the hands of one individualâ€¦Authority is nearly always concentrated in the hands of a single individual..
In business, a person's ability and accomplishments are not always the means to attaining position. In a self-perpetuating'old-boy' network, many of the top managers in the country come from the upper social classes and attended the better schools and universities. The French , more than most, rely on their status and labels to propel them to the top rather than their individual drive and ability...
In France , 'individuality' describes a person who has a distinctive character; someone who sets him or herself apart through unique and interesting opinions or style.
The French are born into societal classes and don't usually have the same individual opportunities as Americans who exhibit drive and ambition.
French was once considered the primary international language and today France resists the incursion of English, even to the point of barring new English words (such as in the computer field) from the French language.
We can see in these aspects of the French character the qualities of a first-born son who is conscious of the innate rights he should receive and feels that the rest of the world should be governed along the same principles.
Judah and Simeon
[Deuteronomy 33:7] AND THIS IS THE BLESSING OF JUDAH: AND HE SAID, HEAR, L-RD, THE VOICE OF JUDAH, AND BRING HIM UNTO HIS PEOPLE: LET HIS HANDS BE SUFFICIENT FOR HIM; AND BE THOU AN HELP TO HIM FROM HIS ENEMIES.
<<JUDAH>>: represents the present-day Jews. Other tribes prominent amongst the Jews include Simeon, Levi, and Benjamin all of which are considered in this study.
<<HEAR, L-RD, THE VOICE OF JUDAH>>In Hebrew the word for â€œhearâ€ (â€œshemaâ€) is the same as the first syllable in the name Simeon ('Shima-on'). According to tradition this first blessing to Judah encompasses Simeon. The expression 'Hear' ('shema') is considered as a hint to Simeon ('Shima-on' in Hebrew) who is NOT mentioned expressly in the blessings of this portion. When they entered the land Simeon marched with Judah (Judges 1:3) and his portion was encompassed by that of Judah. Throughout the Bible a quorum of twelve tribes is maintained though actually there were 13 tribes. The quorum is kept by either subsuming Simeon with Judah, or leaving out Levi who was scattered throughout the other tribes, or by counting the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh as one tribe of Joseph.
<<BRING HIM UNTO HIS PEOPLE>>: Judah needs to be reconciliated with the Lost Ten Tribes.
<<HIS ENEMIES>>: Judah has a lot of enemies and needs help from G-d.
<<LET HIS HANDS BE SUFFICIENT FOR HIM>>: When help from G-d is forthcoming Judah is not somebody to mess around with. Jacob referred to Judah as 'a lion's whelp' and an 'old lion' (Genesis 49:9).
[Deuteronomy 33:8] AND OF LEVI HE SAID, LET THY THUMMIM AND THY URIM BE WITH THY HOLY ONE, WHOM THOU DIDST PROVE AT MASSAH, AND WITH WHOM THOU DIDST STRIVE AT THE WATERS OF MERIBAH;
<<LEVI >>: Levi is primarily amongst the present-day Jews. Both Judah and Levi are linked strongly with the Law and both are to be found mainly amongst the Jewish people. Small offshoots of Levi were also to be found elsewhere, e.g. in Northern Italy and according to many amongst the song-loving Welsh.
[Deuteronomy 33:9] WHO SAID UNTO HIS FATHER AND TO HIS MOTHER, I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM; NEITHER DID HE ACKNOWLEDGE HIS BRETHREN, NOR KNEW HIS OWN CHILDREN: FOR THEY HAVE OBSERVED THY WORD, AND KEPT THY COVENANT.
[Deuteronomy 33:10] THEY SHALL TEACH JACOB THY JUDGMENTS, AND ISRAEL THY LAW: THEY SHALL PUT INCENSE BEFORE THEE, AND WHOLE BURNT SACRIFICE UPON THINE ALTAR.
<<ISRAEL THY LAW>>: The Lost Ten Tribes at some stage will learn the Law anew. Perhaps descendants of Levi will be prominent in the teaching that this will involve.
[Deuteronomy 33:11] BLESS, L-RD, HIS SUBSTANCE, AND ACCEPT THE WORK OF HIS HANDS; SMITE THROUGH THE LOINS OF THEM THAT RISE AGAINST HIM, AND OF THEM THAT HATE HIM, THAT THEY RISE NOT AGAIN.
<<SMITE THROUGH THE LOINS OF THEM THAT RISE AGAINST HIM>>: Levi and Judah are prominent amongst the Jews and here we have a warning to those who would seek to harm them to be careful.
[Deuteronomy 33 :12] AND OF BENJAMIN HE SAID, THE BELOVED OF THE L-RD SHALL DWELL IN SAFETY BY HIM; AND THE L-RD SHALL COVER HIM ALL THE DAY LONG, AND HE SHALL DWELL BETWEEN HIS SHOULDERS .
<<BENJAMIN>>: Benjamin is also dominant amongst the present day Jews. The Jews of Romania had a tradition that they were descended from Benjamin. We have traced descendants of Benjamin to the Normans who came from Dacia ( Romania) in the Balkans to North Germany into Denmark and Norway and from there to Normandy in France. The Normans conquered England in 1066. Benjamin also gave rise to the Belgae (Walloons) of Belgium. Present-day Belgium is comprised of French-speaking Walloons and the Flemish who speak a German-type dialect. Israelites are present amongst both groups but it was the Walloons who were the most opposed to German occupation. The Walloons descend from the ancient Celtic Belgae. In the Second World War the Walloons went out of their way to rescue Jews and were exemplary in this regard. The Walloons share the land of Belgium with the Flemings. The Walloons are in the minority but they rule the country. They are active in attempts at expanding the power of the European Union and Internationalization in general. In some ways they are also quite active against the State of Israel and jealous of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem. There may be psychological explanations for this: Saul, the first king of Israel, was from the Tribe of Benjamin (1-Samuel 9:1-2). Saul was replaced by David from the Tribe of Judah. At one stage elements from Benjamin took advantage of a moment of weakness in the kingdom and led a revolt of all the other tribes against David and Judah (2 -Samuel 20:1-2). The revolt was crushed. In Biblical times the tribe of Benjamin was militarily very proficient and very good with the sling (Judges 20:16). Benjamin fought a Civil War against all the other tribes and was almost exterminated (Judges 21:6) . The war was caused as a result of sexual deviations on the part of some of the Benjaminites who attempted to sexual assault a male sojourner and then mass-raped his concubine causing her death (Judges 19:22-27). In Belgium in 1989 the Dutroux affair uncovered the existence of a pedophile ring that kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered infants. The highest echelons of Belgian society were involved in this scandal and attempted to whitewash the affair. On October 20, 1996 , 350,000 Belgian citizens took to the streets of Brussels dressed all in white, demanding the reform of a system so corrupt that it would protect the abusers, rapists, torturers, and killers of children.
Belgium received its name from the Belgae who were named after Belah (pronounced Bela -a -gh) the founder of a clan in Benjamin (Genesis 46:21) . The Belgae in Gaul were also noted for their use of the sling. Tribes of the Belgae were also present in Britain and Ireland. Many claim that Benjamin is prominent in Norway. There is something in this and the Normans did in part once dwell in Norway. Norway, however, as a whole was dominated by Naphtali .
<<HE SHALL DWELL BETWEEN HIS SHOULDERS>>: This is referring to G-d who will dwell (make HIS presence felt) in the Temple. Jerusalem was never formally divided amongst the Tribes BUT if it had have been then the division between Benjamin and Judah would have run through the Temple area. The most holy section of the Temple would have been in the portion of Benjamin .
[Deuteronomy 33:13] AND OF JOSEPH HE SAID, BLESSED OF THE L-RD BE HIS LAND, FOR THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF HEAVEN, FOR THE DEW, AND FOR THE DEEP THAT COUCHETH BENEATH,
This says that Joseph was blessed with agricultural prosperity, healthy lands, and mineral resources in plenty.
[Deuteronomy 33:14] AND FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUITS BROUGHT FORTH BY THE SUN, AND FOR THE PRECIOUS THINGS PUT FORTH BY THE MOON,
Some plants need a set number of hours of both daylight and darkness. Certain plants require moonlight.
[Deuteronomy 33:15] AND FOR THE CHIEF THINGS OF THE ANCIENT MOUNTAINS, AND FOR THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF THE LASTING HILLS,
Joseph was blessed with mineral resources.
[Deuteronomy 33:16] AND FOR THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF THE EARTH AND FULNESS THEREOF, AND FOR THE GOOD WILL OF HIM THAT DWELT IN THE BUSH: LET THE BLESSING COME UPON THE HEAD OF JOSEPH, AND UPON THE TOP OF THE HEAD OF HIM THAT WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS BRETHREN.
<<PRECIOUS THINGS OF THE EARTH>>: Joseph was to be exceptionally well bequeathed with agricultural plenty.
<<THAT WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS BRETHREN>>: In Hebrew this expression can also be read in the present tense. Joseph was to dwell apart from his brothers.
From Biblical scholar, Lost Ten Tribes researcher, author and historian Steven Collins:
Shalom Yair, Just a thought on the phrase that 'Joseph shall be set apart from his brothers.' This has happened geographically in the modern world. The USA, British Isles, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all physically separated by bodies of water from the other Israelite tribes on mainland Europe or Scandinavia.
[Deuteronomy 33:17] HIS GLORY IS LIKE THE FIRSTLING OF HIS BULLOCK, AND HIS HORNS ARE LIKE THE HORNS OF UNICORNS: WITH THEM HE SHALL PUSH THE PEOPLE TOGETHER TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: AND THEY ARE THE TEN THOUSANDS OF EPHRAIM, AND THEY ARE THE THOUSANDS OF MANASSEH.
<<BULLOCK>> or young bull: John 'Bull' is a nickname for Britain. England is named after the Angles who were also known as 'Aegloi'. In Hebrew 'Aegel' means bull-calf. 'Aegel' is a nickname in the Bible for Ephraim, cf. Jeremiah 31;18.
<<HIS GLORY IS LIKE THE FIRSTLING OF HIS BULLOCK, AND HIS HORNS ARE LIKE THE HORNS OF UNICORNS>>: 'Bullock' (i.e. young bull) refers to Ephraim; â€œHorns of unicronsâ€ refers to Manasseh. The Midrash (Numbers Rabah 2:7) says that a unicorn was the symbol of Manasseh. The unicorn became the symbol of Scotland. The Coat of arms of Scotland bears two unicorns. When Scotland was unified with England the unicorn (together with the lion) became a symbol of Britain. The word for Unicorn in Hebrew is 'raem'. 'Unicorn' really is a legitmate translation of 'raem'. Only Britain and Scotland have the unicorn as an official symbol. This alone is worth considering. The above verse is recalled in the following Midrash that speaks of the future leaders of Judah and Joseph at the End Times:
<GILEAD IS MINE, AND MANASSEH IS MINE; EPHRAIM ALSO IS THE STRENGTH OF MINE HEAD; JUDAH IS MY LAWGIVER> [Psalms 60:7].
<â€œ GILEAD IS MINEâ€, this is Eliyahu who dwelt in Gilead . â€œMANASSEH IS MINEâ€, this is the Messiah who comes from the descendants of Manassah as it says, ['GIVE EAR, O SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL , THOU THAT LEADEST JOSEPH LIKE A FLOCK; THOU THAT DWELLEST BETWEEN THE CHERUBIMS, SHINE FORTH.'] 'BEFORE EPHRAIM AND BENJAMIN AND MANASSEH STIR UP THY STRENGTH, AND COME AND SAVE US' [Psalms 80:1-2].
'EPHRAIM ALSO IS THE STRENGTH OF MINE HEAD;' [Psalms 60:7]. This is the Annoited One [Messiah] for War who comes from Ephraim as it says, 'HIS GLORY IS LIKE THE FIRSTLING OF HIS BULLOCK' [Deuteronomy 33:17].
JUDAH IS MY LAWGIVER [Psalms 60:7]. This is the Final Deliverer (Redeemer) who comes from the descendants of David >> Midrash (Numbers Rabah 14;1).
<<WITH THEM HE SHALL PUSH THE PEOPLE TOGETHER TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH>>: With the horns of the unicorn (33:17) he will gore (Hebrew: 'Yinagaech') other peoples (Hebrew: 'amim' in the plural) together all over the world (Hebrew: 'afsei-aretz'). The translation of Onkelos into Aramaic renders this expression: 'With his might he will destroy [other] peoples until the ends of the earth.'
Zebulon and Issachar
[Deuteronomy 33:18] AND OF ZEBULUN HE SAID, REJOICE, ZEBULUN, IN THY GOING OUT; AND, ISSACHAR, IN THY TENTS.
We identified Zebulon with Holland.
Issachar has been identified with groups in Switzerland and Finland.
[Deuteronomy 33:19] THEY SHALL CALL THE PEOPLE UNTO THE MOUNTAIN; THERE THEY SHALL OFFER SACRIFICES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: FOR THEY SHALL SUCK OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE SEAS, AND OF TREASURES HID IN THE SAND.
This verse refers to both Issachar and Zebulon.
<<THE PEOPLE>>: In Hebrew 'amim' meaning 'peoples' in the plural, i.e. THEY SHALL CALL THE PEOPLE(s) UNTO THE MOUNTAIN. Switzerland is mountainous and is known for international conferences, etc., efforts to make peace or humanitarian arrangements. 'SACRIFICES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS'.
<<SUCK OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE SEAS>>, fishing and sea- trading are important in the Netherlands.
<<AND OF TREASURES HID IN THE SAND>>: diamonds in South Africa. I once saw a movie depicting the South African diamond mine-fields. It showed sandy beach-like areas. The South African whites are dominated by descendants of the Dutch. South Africa is the worldâ€™s formeost diamond producer. A diamond was the sacred stone of Zebulon.
[Deuteronomy 33:20] AND OF GAD HE SAID, BLESSED BE HE THAT ENLARGETH GAD: HE DWELLETH AS A LION, AND TEARETH THE ARM WITH THE CROWN OF THE HEAD.
We identify Gad with the Goths, Suiones, and others most of whom settled in Sweden. Sons of Gad founded clans who gave their names to groups that were important in founding the Swedish and Scandinavian nations. The research we did on this subject is valid. Our research conclusions have so far proved themselves in several fields. In some areas we may yet need to revise a few of the details but in all major matters our conclusions have so far justified themselves.
Gad is likened unto a lion and the lion is a symbol of Sweden appearing on the Swedish coat-of-arms.
<<AND TEARETH THE ARM WITH THE CROWN OF THE HEAD>>: Each Tribe had its own peculiar military specialty. The commentary of Rashi remarks that the ability of Gad was to use a weapon in such a way that those he had killed were recognisable by the head and shoulder having been cleaved with one blow. This is characteristic of an ax. The Massagatae who were a branch of the Goths were noted for their use of the â€œstraight axâ€. The Goths were once prominent in Norway and an ax borne by a lion appears on the Norwegian coat-of-arms.
[Deuteronomy 33:21] AND HE PROVIDED THE FIRST PART FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE THERE, IN A PORTION OF THE LAWGIVER, WAS HE SEATED; AND HE CAME WITH THE HEADS OF THE PEOPLE, HE EXECUTED THE JUSTICE OF THE L-RD, AND HIS JUDGMENTS WITH ISRAEL.
[Deuteronomy 33:22] AND OF DAN HE SAID, DAN IS A LION'S WHELP: HE SHALL LEAP FROM BASHAN.
Dan we identified with some of the Irish , some Celtic groups, and with the Danes of Denmark . The lion is also a symbol of Denmark . The Danes have a tradition that they were descended from Dan of Israel and were brothers to the Angles . The BASHAN was east of the Jordan River and to the north. Bashan also known as 'Basil' and this name was later applied to Scandinavia .
[Deuteronomy 33:23] AND OF NAPHTALI HE SAID, O NAPHTALI, SATISFIED WITH FAVOUR, AND FULL WITH THE BLESSING OF THE L-RD: POSSESS THOU THE WEST AND THE SOUTH.
We identified Naphtali with Norway and with groups who settled in South Africa and New Zealand.
[Deuteronomy 33:24] AND OF ASHER HE SAID, LET ASHER BE BLESSED WITH CHILDREN; LET HIM BE ACCEPTABLE TO HIS BRETHREN, AND LET HIM DIP HIS FOOT IN OIL.
An American oil man took the above verse as referring to the northern coast of Israel. He searched for offshore oil in this area. Some years ago he claimed to have made discoveries but since then nothing on the subject (as far as we know) has been publicised. Asher is identified with part of the Scottish and Northern English. Asher was also present in Scandinavia. Asher is recalled in the â€œAsâ€ (plural â€œAseirâ€) of Scandinavian mythology.
<<DIP HIS FOOT IN OIL>>: This may refer to North Sea oil reserves shared between Scotland and Norway.
[Deuteronomy 33:25] THY SHOES SHALL BE IRON AND BRASS; AND AS THY DAYS, SO SHALL THY STRENGTH BE.
<<THY SHOES SHALL BE IRON AND BRASS>> also translateable as â€œiron and brass will be your safe-guardsâ€. This prophecy is applicable to the Lowland Scottish and their industrial enterprises.
Israel in General
[Deuteronomy 33:26] THERE IS NONE LIKE UNTO THE G-D OF JESHURUN, WHO RIDETH UPON THE HEAVEN IN THY HELP, AND IN HIS EXCELLENCY ON THE SKY.
[Deuteronomy 33:27] THE ETERNAL G-D IS THY REFUGE, AND UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS: AND HE SHALL THRUST OUT THE ENEMY FROM BEFORE THEE; AND SHALL SAY, DESTROY THEM.
<<AND SHALL SAY, DESTROY THEM>> G-d prefers that we ourselves destroy the evildoers and enemies of Israel. This requires courage and at times self-sacrifice. These qualities are easy to admire from a distance. Every one of us is potentially a hero or a coward and sometimes the boundary between these two concepts becomes blurred. If you do the best you can, learn and pray, then G-d will guide you when you need His guidance even if at the time you are not consciously aware of Him.
[Deuteronomy 33:28] ISRAEL THEN SHALL DWELL IN SAFETY ALONE: THE FOUNTAIN OF JACOB SHALL BE UPON A LAND OF CORN AND WINE; ALSO HIS HEAVENS SHALL DROP DOWN DEW.
<<CORN AND WINE>>: Agricultural bounty.
<<HIS HEAVENS SHALL DROP DOWN DEW>>: The nations we have identified as containing significant numbers of Israelites all dwell in areas that have beneficial climates, envigorating environments, and fertile soils.
Military Prowess is an Israelite Trait
[Deuteronomy 33:29] HAPPY ART THOU, O ISRAEL: WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE, O PEOPLE SAVED BY THE L-RD, THE SHIELD OF THY HELP, AND WHO IS THE SWORD OF THY EXCELLENCY! AND THINE ENEMIES SHALL BE FOUND LIARS UNTO THEE; AND THOU SHALT TREAD UPON THEIR HIGH PLACES.
<<AND WHO IS THE SWORD OF THY EXCELLENCY>>: This is also translatable from the Hebrew as saying, â€œAND FOR WHOM THE SWORD IS OF THY EXCELLENCYâ€, i.e. the sword is the source of your pride. One of the signs of Israelite descent in our opinion is proven potential of military prowessagainst overwhelming odds. This quality is not always evident but it is there. Sometimes it is temporarily dormant. Other traits include those of fraternity towards other Israelites, mercy, and justice.
Moses Passes Away
[Deuteronomy 34:1] AND 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 L-RD SHEWED HIM ALL THE LAND OF GILEAD, UNTO DAN,
[Deuteronomy 34:2] AND ALL NAPHTALI, AND THE LAND OF EPHRAIM, AND MANASSEH, AND ALL THE LAND OF JUDAH, UNTO THE UTMOST SEA,
[Deuteronomy 34:3] AND THE SOUTH, AND THE PLAIN OF THE VALLEY OF JERICHO, THE CITY OF PALM TREES, UNTO ZOAR.
Moses was shown the whole land, not just part of it. The Land was promised to the Children of Israel and they have a Divine Imperative to conquer it.
[Deuteronomy 34:4] AND THE L-RD 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.
[Deuteronomy 34:5] SO MOSES THE SERVANT OF THE L-RD DIED THERE IN THE LAND OF MOAB, ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE L-RD.
[Deuteronomy 34:6] AND HE BURIED HIM IN A VALLEY IN THE LAND OF MOAB, OVER AGAINST BETHPEOR: BUT NO MAN KNOWETH OF HIS SEPULCHRE UNTO THIS DAY.
[Deuteronomy 34:7] AND MOSES WAS AN HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED: HIS EYE WAS NOT DIM, NOR HIS NATURAL FORCE ABATED.
He was as vigorous as an athletic young man all the days of his life. This is a rare phenomenon but it does occur.
[Deuteronomy 34:8] AND 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.
[Deuteronomy 34:9] AND 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 L-RD COMMANDED MOSES.
Moses Was the Greatest of all Prophets
[Deuteronomy 34:10] AND THERE AROSE NOT A PROPHET SINCE IN ISRAEL LIKE UNTO MOSES, WHOM THE L-RD KNEW FACE TO FACE,
There was never a greater prophet than Moses. Only Moses received a direct revelation â€œface to faceâ€ . All other prophets received indirect inspiration as it tells us in the Book of Numbers:
<AND HE SAID, HEAR NOW MY WORDS: IF THERE BE A PROPHET AMONG YOU, I THE L-RD WILL MAKE MYSELF KNOWN UNTO HIM IN A VISION, AND WILL SPEAK UNTO HIM IN A DREAM.
<MY SERVANT MOSES IS NOT SO, WHO IS FAITHFUL IN ALL MINE HOUSE.
< WITH HIM WILL I SPEAK MOUTH TO MOUTH, EVEN APPARENTLY, AND NOT IN DARK SPEECHES; AND THE SIMILITUDE OF THE L-RD SHALL HE BEHOLD: WHEREFORE THEN WERE YE NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK AGAINST MY SERVANT MOSES?> [Numbers 12:6-8]. The Mosaic Law includes an oral explanation without which the Law cannot be understood. One should be careful not to criticise the Oral tradition of the Jewish sages especially without first studying and understanding it.
[Deuteronomy 34:11] IN ALL THE SIGNS AND THE WONDERS, WHICH THE L-RD SENT HIM TO DO IN THE LAND OF EGYPT TO PHARAOH, AND TO ALL HIS SERVANTS, AND TO ALL HIS LAND,
[Deuteronomy 34:12] AND IN ALL THAT MIGHTY HAND, AND IN ALL THE GREAT TERROR WHICH MOSES SHEWED IN THE SIGHT OF ALL ISRAEL.
<<MOSES SHEWED IN THE SIGHT OF ALL ISRAEL>>: “ All of Israel saw the signs and wonders that Moses performed and all of Israel obligated itself to follow Moses for all time.