The Justice In Moses Not Being Able To Enter Promised Land

​That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 32:48‭-‬52 ESV

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord , and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Deuteronomy 34:1‭-‬12 ESV

When I first read these passages in the Bible almost 2 years ago, I deeply felt for Moses not being able to cross Jordan and enter the Promised Land. I thought to myself why God wouldn’t allow Moses to reap the fruit of his labor of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and sticking around with stiff-necked people for 40 years in the wilderness. And why hitting the rock instead of speaking to it in Meribah cost Moses too much? Couldn’t God just forgive him given all his obedience?

But as I mature on the faith and get to know God more, my questions began to fade. I realized that the real blessing was not inheriting the Promised Land but the 40 years of personal encounter with God. Furthermore, this made me see that without God, we are materialistic and have a corrupt definition of goodness. Moreover, notice also how Moses did not question God on His decision. Many times during their journey in the wilderness, Moses cried out to God for justice while when he was not let to pass Jordan we heard nothing from him. Therefore, this tells me that Moses knew the heart of God very well that he did not feel left out when God gave the decision. Truly, Moses’ humility and his complete surrender to God is just so admirable.

As I reflect more, it reinforced the truth that God is not transactional. He does not do things depending on what we can do for Him. He gives grace to whom He gives grace, He will have mercy to whom He will have mercy. He is sovereign and He freely gives blessings to both good and bad people out of His love. If God will based His blessings according to our good deeds then we are doomed because we cannot earn our salvation. Moses who was regarded as a great prophet would be in hell as he was a murderer and disobeyed God in Meribah later in his life. Thankfully, our God is a God of love. He took the effort to save us from eternal separation from Him by sending Jesus to be the propitiation of our sins. His death and resurrection gives us the reality of living a life with personal relationship with God, the way Moses did. ❤❤❤

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

– Rhia


God is holy and just so He did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land but He is loving and gracious that He allowed Moses to see the land that He was about to give the Israelites. 《teary-eyed moment》Moses was mission-accomplished!