November 23th, 2019
Not Physically Declined
Deuteronomy 34:7 (KJB) And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
This verse is interesting, indeed about the life and death of Moses. I am not sure how many times I have read this passage and missed critical details. Undoubtedly, you know that many people lived for a significant number of years above life expectancy (typical for today) in ancient times.
Now a person succumbs to physical death sooner than in ancient times. Methuselah, the longest recorded life, reached over nine hundred years of age.
Most often, when we consider death, we think of an older person, and we would agree that they look aged over time as they live in this world. Their eyesight dims, and their physical peak naturally atrophies with old age. Perhaps they have “lost” normal use of their mind and indeed declined physically.
Then, you take another look at this verse and see that it is recorded that Moses did not present with any of the typical aging signs. His eyes were bright and bushy-tailed, and his physical stamina had not declined. Lastly, at one hundred twenty years, he was young when comparing the length of typical ancient life spans.
Moses was not weakened by any debilitating physical health issues, nor was his eyes dimmed with age but did physically die at a relatively young age according to the timing of God upon his life. Many would say that his early death could have been in response to his failed obedience to God in the trek towards the Promised Land. Others speculate that Moses will return to this earth in millennial times upon the call of God. One thing we know for certain, God ultimately controls both the timing of life and death.