Today, as I was listening to a pre-school child “read,” I happened to notice on page 70-71 of THE BIBLE FOR CHILDREN or THE CHILDREN’S BIBLE[i] an illustration of two men taking Moses’ body for burial. One appeared to be a prophet while the second was dressed like a high priest. A crowd of Israelites waited at the foot of the mountain—apparently in preparation for mourning Moses’ death.
Consider the following scriptures and know that no man buried Moses, nor does any man know where he was buried.
Numbers 31:2—Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
Deuteronomy 32:50—And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
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 LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,
3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
4 And 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.
5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
6 And he (the one talking to Moses—Michael the Archangel or the Lord?) buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day (Deuteronomy 34:1-6).
Finally, we get a glimpse of at least one thing that happened to the body of Moses in Jude, verse 9.
Jude 9—Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Parents, teachers, older students, we cannot be too careful about what pictures teach. Most any Bible storybook will have such mistakes. Please take the time to understand and teach the truth to young children.
[i] (Bible text Copyright © The Bible Society of India; Illustrations copyright © Jose Perez Montero and Scandinavian Bible Society)
6 thoughts on “WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BODY OF MOSES?”
This makes me think of a Noah’s Ark book I was reading to a child today. The book read (to the effect of) “Noah closed the door of the ark.” I paused, and thought for a second…Noah didn’t close the door…God did! Thankfully, I caught it before reading it out loud and read it as it *should* read. Those little things DO matter! So many small things/details I didn’t think about growing up, I think of now and want answers when possible.
Good for you. If we truly love the children, we will always tell them the truth.
It is amazing the things that get taught innocently enough but can lead to confusion and false teaching later – Eve gave Adam an apple, the Ark had multiple windows around the top, the angels that walked the earth had wings, Jesus was an infant when the wise men brought him gifts, that there were THREE wise men, etc. We need to be careful what we SAY and what we allow pictures to say. Those images stick our minds – even if the story is told correctly – and form our connection with the story often times. As teachers we will answer for what we have taught – I do not believe that because the world has seen fit to take liberties God will allow us wiggle room for not being clear with His precious Word.
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Our children and grandchildren have begun to draw or paint their own illustrations for their Bible classes. I used to want to do that too, but was so busy (or thought I was) I could never seem to find time to change the pictures I found or draw my own. I was an art major, but never really did draw well, so that held me back.
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Thank you for this. I think most do not think such things really matter, but they do!
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Amy, every little detail adds up to make the whole picture. If we are missing one part or if we fail to believe one part, then we cannot know the truth. Thanks for your feedback.