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Monday, October 17, 2011

Christian education for Sunday October 23, 2011; 19 Pentecost

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab

Theme: This is the concluding passage in the Pentateuch, immediately following Moses’ farewell speech. It also helps provide a transition from the wilderness to the Promise Land under the new leadership of Joshua. It sets the stage for the foundation of Israel in the land of Canaan.

Background: The Book of Deuteronomy was likely recorded to address crises that were occurring in Israel: religious, social, and political. Deuteronomy continues to define Israel’s uniqueness in the midst of similar Ancient near East nations and helps promote religious distinction from competing religions.

Questions to Ponder:
* Summarize what has happened between Moses’ intercession in Exodus 33 and today. Briefly, what significant events have occurred and what themes have developed in the wilderness?
* Why might God show Moses the whole land? What might the significance be regarding the landmarks identified by God as the boundaries of Israel?
* Why might Moses have been prevented from entering Canaan? Why might God show Moses the Promise Land even though he would never enter the Promise Land?
* Why might the burial place for Moses be unlocated? How might the inability to locate Moses’ grave help or hinder Israel in their coming existence?
* What might the implication be when the writer stated “…his [Moses’] sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated”?
* How is Moses’ obituary different than Aaron’s obituary in Numbers 33:38-39?
* What might the significance be of the 30 day mourning period for Moses?
* What is Moses’ most noted contribution to Israel’s history and future?
* How is Moses’ power transferred to Joshua? How is this transference of power continued today?
* Do you think it may be possible that Moses didn’t really die? Why or why not?
* Do you think no other prophet had arisen as powerful as Moses? Who may rival Moses in power and closeness to God?
* What significance might there be in Joshua’s lineage as a son of Nun?
* What applications of this passage are there for today?

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