The Stream of Water reading from Deuteronomy 32:48-52 has caused me to revisit questions I have had when studying about the life of Moses. Moses and Aaron were denied entry into the Promised Land by God for their sin of disobedience at Meribah. Numbers 20:1-13 records when Moses was told to speak to the rock to get water and in his anger and frustration with the doubting people of Israel he struck the rock with his staff, producing water.
Of those who left Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to enter the Promised Land, all others had died in the wilderness. I guess the thing that upsets me the most is that Moses was so faithful and put up with so much as the leader. However, it is not about fairness or justice it is about obedience. God takes obedience and respect for His holiness seriously and desires that we be obedient and always mindful that we reflect Him. When I pull back and think about this story, I see God’s meticulous care of Moses, His allowing him to see the Promised Land and to know the future of his people. Moses did not need to go into the land to know what the future would be. He needed to trust the care of these people to God. At this time Moses was about 120+ years old. God knew there were years of fighting ahead, many battles, and hard work and God knew that younger Joshua was the leader the people needed. In His grace and mercy, God gave Moses into His rest after allowing him to glimpse the future.
In all this I am again reminded of the words from Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Here is the scripture passage from Deuteronomy 32:48-52. May you be blessed by God’s faithfulness, mercy and love as you read this passage. 48 “That same day the Lord said to Moses, 49 “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river, and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho. Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession. 50 Then you will die there on the mountain. You will join your ancestors, just as Aaron, your brother, died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors. 51 For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there. 52 So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
God’s word always has truths for us to see and apply to our lives. I see that part of the message here for me is that God knows the future. I need to walk in trust knowing with assurance that His plans are the very best for me and that He loves and cares for me more than anyone ever could.
Have a blessed day!