What happened to Moses before he died?

Last updated on March 24, 2021

How did Moses die?

The account of Moses’ death is in Deuteronomy 34. He was not allowed to enter the Promised Land, because he and Aaron sinned against the Lord when they failed to honor Him before the people at Kadesh (Numbers 20:7-13). Aaron died soon after this event. His death is recorded in the same chapter: God told Moses and Eleazar to go up Mount Hor. Aaron’s priestly robes were removed and his son Eleazar put them on. Then Aaron died, in the presence of Moses and Eleazar.

It would seem that Moses’ death is similar, although it happens many years apart. The people of Israel are ready to enter the promised land of Canaan, and Moses’ work is finished. God calls him to climb Mount Nebo, and allows him to see all the territory that Israel is about to conquer. After that the Bible specifically says that he died, and that the Lord buried him (Deuteronomy 34:5-6). Although no one knows where his grave is, we can assume that he actually did die, and was buried, unlike Elijah who was taken into heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:9-12).

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