Because of people, Moses did not enter Promised Land because he disobediently struck a rock twice in wilderness of Zin, instead of speaking to it as God Almighty Commanded him in Numbers 20. Moses missed Canaan land though God Led the nation from Egypt in the wilderness for 40 years through leadership of Moses. So God Chose Moses to lead HIS people who were directed by GOD’S PRESENCE Pillar of Cloud by day and Pillar of Fire at night but Moses took complaints personally. It was because of the people Aaron feared, he allowed idol worship of golden cow instead of reminding them of Obedience to God’s Command to thou shall have no other gods in place of Yahweh. Because of the people Saul feared, he rushed to perform sacrifice instead of awaiting in Obedience to Samuel, cost him throne of God’s KINGDOM. Complaints of people can heavily weigh down cause stress and pressure from managing people. Take it to God in PRAYER WATCH OUT Feelings not to impact a decision. Do NOT TAKE IT TO HEART personally and emotionally affected by their constant complaints against Lord God Almighty. When Moses was mourning his sister Miriam’s death, people insensitive to Moses’ tragic loss still continued to complain. Hardship of wilderness life compared to the wealthy lifestyle in Egypt as slaves made some to ask to return to slavery to eat sumptuous meals. Overwhelmed by people nagging, it made Moses angry so Reacted to God’s Instruction instead of Responding gently and calmly to their temper tantrums.
For 40 years Moses had to put up with their complaints, again happened when the nation’s water well dried up after his sister Miriam died. People did not realise a need to support, empathise with Moses grieving. Moses and Aaron prayed about situation God told Moses to give people water by Speaking to the rock. This is a serious matter to obey and follow Lord God’s Instructions precisely as required even in times of Adversity God WILL not be ignored. Personal private pain, grief or challenges of leadership cannot cause people to not pay detailed ATTENTION to God. In fact God expects people to draw closer to HIM. Moses, was angry with the people for whining so called people rebels implying it was he or Aaron who were providing for the people. Moses earlier told God if God’s PRESENCE did not accompany the people he will not go or move the people. Some suggested Speaking to the rock might symbolized Speaking God’s Word as given to Moses, and striking the rock may represented Moses’ own effort. Though Moses and Aaron were called to lead the Israelites, performing Signs and Wonders, it was God who was Providing for them and miraculously supplying the life-giving water when necessary. As a result, God told Moses and Aaron,” that because you did not TRUST in ME enough to Honour ME as HOLY in sight of Israel, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20:12)
Rabbinic tradition says Moses PLEADED with God 515 times, taken from gematria or numerical value of word va’etchanan. Moses tells the people he asked God, ‘Let me go over and see the good land beyond Jordan that fine hill country or Lebanon.’ But because of you LORD God was angry with and would not listen. Instead Lord God Said, ‘That is enough, ‘Do not speak to ME anymore about matter to enter the promised land in Deuteronomy 3:25–26. But the LORD God said, “No.” Although Moses would get a glimpse of the Land of Promise, he was among his generation that died in wilderness because of their sins. His successor Joshua, crossed over Jordan with new generation Israelites to Conquered the Canaan Land Israel. If LORD God Almighty is not OBEYED and Revered, Respected or feared by people what makes Moses feel the people will respect him and not complain?
Commissioned Joshua, encouraged and strengthened led people across to cause them to inherit their land Moses saw in Deuteronomy 3:28. Joshua, in Hebrew is Yehoshua (the Lord is Salvation), takes the people into the Promised Land where they took hold of all that God Promised. Moses is considered a type of Messiah, Yeshua which is for m of name Yehoshua will one day take His people into the true Promised Land of Heaven where we will not perish but inherit eternal life. Learn a lesson from Moses on the other side of the Jordan. There are challenging times at times when, despite earnest begging and pleading, God in His perfect wisdom, justice, and mercy simply says “no,” and that is end of the matter. God may ask you to encourage someone in the next generation to carry torch further need to accept this decision with a grace born of humility. God is JEALOUS of HIS NAME and HIS MIRACLES so will not give HIS GLORY to anyone trying to act as source or power of provisions to all mankind.
El Kanah: The Jealous God
Before Moses surrenders the leadership of Israel to Joshua he told the people to keep God’s Torah and live in obedience to God’s Ways so to take possession of their Land. He tells them: “Now, Israel, listen to the laws and teaching of GOD’S WORDS teaching you, in order to follow them, so that you will live; then you will go in to take POSSESSION of Canaan land Adonai God of your fathers gives you in Deuteronomy 4:1. Moses reminds people and children of Israel how they stood at the foot of Mount Sinai and received the Ten Commandments. So warned them not to forget Torah of God to diligently teach God’s commandments to their children and their children’s children and great grandchildren to third fourth generations beyond even to a thousand generations. God Says Train your child in the Knowldge of God to gain wisdom so it will be well with them to live long.
This is the REAL HEART OF GODLY LIVING to live to love God FIRST, seek his Kingdom so all other things will be added. Moses told them so Reminds the people 3 times God SPOKE from HIS FIRE at Sinai. God showed the people HIS PRESENCE THROUGH FIRE so not to carve for themselves any image of God, which is detrimental to faith, nor of other gods, idolatry. God Prohibits the making of carved images accompanied by the warning God is a consuming fire:
So,“Watch out for yourselves, so you do not forget the COVENANT Adonai God MADE with you to make yourself carved images, or a representation of anything forbidden to you by Adonai your God. As Adonai your God is CONSUMING FIRE, and a VERY JEALOUS God Almighty as ElKanah Deuteronomy 4:23–24. NAME of God Used in this verse is ElKanah the Jealous God. This name is mentioned in Parasha in Deuteronomy 5:9, 6:15, and inu Exodus 34:14; 1 Kings 19:10, 14 kanah is often translated instead as zealous.