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Moses did not enter the promised land

Philosophy View of Promised

A declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen: "what happened to all those firm promises of

The quality of potential excellence.

A commitment or promise is made to partake in or abstain from a particular action. These agreements are frequently struck between persons and might cover a range of human endeavours. Simple promises can be expressed verbally or in writing. They might be made binding indefinitely or be temporary.

Biblical View of Promised

The Bible is replete with God's promises. We read about regular people who received God's promises from Genesis to Revelation. The highest authority, God's word, is the one who seals these promises. According to Hebrews 6:13, “For when God made a promise to Abraham since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself.".

The first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, were mostly penned by Moses. Moses' function in the Old Testament Bible serves as a model and a shadow of Jesus' role in the New Testament Bible. Thus, examining his life is intriguing.

One of the most important characters in the Old Testament is Moses. He was the one God chose to deliver his people’s salvation. The "Father of the Faithful" and the object of God's unconditional covenant of mercy with his people, Abraham, is still the case. Moses was the person God chose to take the Israelites out of Egypt's servitude and into the Promised Land. Moses is recognised as the mediator of the Old Covenant in addition to being renowned as the author of the Law.

Moses was born to a Hebrew woman called Jochebed, but he was found on the river Nile by Pharaoh’s daughter, where he was adopted and raised by the Egyptians. Pharaoh subjugated the Hebrew people and used them as slaves for his massive building projects because God blessed the Hebrew people with rapid numeric growth. The Egyptians began to fear the increasing number of Jews living on their land. According to Exodus 1:22, Pharaoh had ordered the death of every male child that was born to a Hebrew woman.

And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Exodus 1:22KJV

As Moses grew into adulthood, he began to develop a love for his Hebrew people. Moses witnessed an Egyptian flogging a Hebrew slave; he became sympathetic to the situation of his people and murdered the Egyptian.

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, wherefore smites thou, thy fellow?

Exodus 2:11-13 KJ

Exodus 2:14 emphasises that the second time, Moses tried to mediate a conflict between two Hebrews, but one of them scolded him and said, mockingly, "Are you going to murder me like you killed the Egyptian?" Realising that his sinful deed had been exposed, Moses escaped to Midian.

And he said, who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intended thee to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared and said, surely this thing is known.

Exodus 2:14 KJV

Moses had a meeting with God in the burning bush, where God appointed Moses to be the saviour of his people, according to Exodus 3–4. Despite his first justifications and direct pleading with God to send someone else

God gives Moses specific instructions for constructing the tabernacle, a portable place of worship that could be set up and taken down for easy portability, as well as for making the altar vessels, priestly clothing, and the ark of the covenant, a representation of God's presence among His people and the location where the high priest would carry out the annual atonement. God offers Moses clear instructions on how to worship God, rules, and guidelines for maintaining purity and holiness among the people.

The book of Deuteronomy shows Moses giving several sermon-type speeches to the people, reminding them of God’s saving power and faithfulness. Deuteronomy 5 tells us that Moses gives the second reading of the Law and prepares this generation of Israelites to receive the promises of God.

God used Moses in many ways, but he was prohibited from entering the promised land because of his sin at Meribah. Moses failed to honour God in front of the people by not "believing" in God or taking him at his word. Because of Moses’ anger, he failed to honour God's command and displayed an irreverent attitude and behaviour that displeased God, something he didn’t want; however, he was allowed to climb Mount Nebo and look upon the Promised land.

Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron, thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so, thou shalt give the congregation, and their beast’s drink.

And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

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?

And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod, he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Numbers 20:8-12 KJV

As children of God, some of us have dark secrets that will cause us to miss the promised land, just like Moses did.


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