Midrash Rabah, Devarim, Va’etchanan: I entreated the Lord at that time, saying, “O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for who is [like] God in heaven or on earth who can do as Your deeds and Your might?
You cannot be compared to a king of flesh and blood who has advisors and associates who restrain him when he wishes to act with kindness and to forego his regulations. You, however, have no one to prevent you from forgiving me and annulling Your decree.”
The quality of Moses continues to work and develop precisely in the generation that he had brought up.
Pray let me cross over and see the good land that is on the other side of the Jordan, this good mountain and Lebanon. Let me see the Temple itself where sacrifices for the redemption of the sins of the people will be performed.
The fact is that the Torah uses a dual path. On the one hand, the correction happens according to the actions of the people, and on the other, the Creator has His plan, regardless of the actions of the people because He has to think about the correction of the entire world simultaneously. It means that there are tactical and strategic plans.
Tactically, in general, Moses is right. If his students are going forward, why can’t he himself continue the work he has begun?
However, according to the strategic plan, a next degree must now go into action. The next degree is his student, Joshua, who isn’t as wise a man as Moses, but he is a leader and a warrior. Completely new work starts that Moses can’t perform. Therefore, the warriors, the Cohens, and the Levites come to replace him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/10/16