The greatest prophet of all. That’s what the passage calls Moses—
10 Since that time there has not arisen in Isra’el a prophet like Moshe, whom Adonai knew face to face. 11 What signs and wonders Adonai sent him to perform in the land of Egypt upon Pharaoh, all his servants and all his land! 12 What might was in his hand! What great terror he evoked before the eyes of all Isra’el!
But his is also the saddest story. God tells him, “Enough!” and withholds the fulfillment of the Promise, even though he gets to see the whole extent of the Land he has led his people to find. Instead he’s told that he is going to die. He does die, and is mourned by a whole people, who then bury him in an unmarked grave and travel on. No one builds a monument or a mausoleum for the great man.
I think that this is a Bodhisattva story. The unfulfilled promise and the loyalty without reward; the impossible task and the relinquishing of desire. See how the unmarked grave makes the whole earth Moshe’s …