*Moses was a man who was very close to God yet God punished him for his sin
*Moses’ punishment tells us that no matter how highly/lowly placed, God will not tolerate sinful acts
Moses was a man greatly loved by God
I have heard few people talk about the reason why God did not allow Moses, a man so close to God Almighty and greatly used by Him (God), to enter into the Promised land.
*Some say that it was because God instructed Moses to speak to the rock so that He (God) could miraculously provide water from it for the children of Israel, but Moses instead struck the rock. (Numbers 20:8-12).
Moses holding the 10 commandments tablets
*Some others say that it was because Moses struck the rock twice instead of once, and since the rock represented Jesus, the Rock of Ages, Moses’ action got God angry. (Numbers 20:11).
*There are also those who say that it was because Moses spoke angrily to the children of Israel and God was not pleased with it. (Numbers 20:10).
The Bible tells us that God spoke to Moses mouth to mouth
By God’s grace, in my study of the Bible, I came across the reason why God did not allow Moses to enter into the Promised Land in Psalm 106:32-33 which says,
“They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.” (KJV)
The Bible says that Moses out of anger spoke unadvisedly with his lips. Moses spoke to the children of Israel out of anger without carefully considering what he said.
Moses took care of Jethro, his father-in-law's flock
Of course, when a person gets angry, he/she may be tempted to say or act in a way that will displeased God.
Moses’ words were weighty. Numbers 20:10 said, “ And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?”
Moses called the children of Israel “rebels”. He also said, “… must we …”. The “we” could be misinterpreted by some to mean himself and Aaron (I don’t think that Moses would think in such manner though).
God Almighty first spoke to Moses through the burning bush experience
Finally, when next you are tempted to get angry, think before you speak or act because whatever you say or do could have far more reaching consequences than you would ever imagine.
God parts the Red Sea through Moses for the children of Israel to walk through
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Note: All pictures are not Moses' true pictures, they are just for illustrative purpose
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