Moses did not contest God’s verdict, rather, he asked God to give the people of Israel a shepherd leader who will care for them and lead them to battle. That was the quintessential shepherd leader that Moses was, yet an evil inheritance became his nemesis.
To understand this, you need to read Num. 20:8-12. “Get Aaron’s rod; then you and Aaron must summon the people. As they watch, speak to that rock over there and tell it to pour out its water! You will give them water from a rock, enough for all the people and all their cattle! So, Moses did as instructed. He took the rod from the place where it was kept before the Lord; them Moses and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock; and he said to them, Listen, you rebels! Must we bring you water from this rock? Then Moses lifted the rod and struck the rock twice, and water gushed out; and the people and their cattle drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, because you did not believe me and did not sanctify me in the eyes of the people of Israel, you shall not bring them into the land I have promised them!” What made Moses to do this? The evil inheritance in Moses was stirred up to ensure that Moses did not enter the promised land. Anger makes you not to reason and that is why the Bible says anger rests in the bossom of fools. Some people even celebrate their anger and rationalize it by claiming it as being part of their nature. Please kill anger before it kills you. What lower things are you holding unto? Those are the things that will prevent you from entering your inheritance; a wonderful inheritance that God has for you.
How did it end with Moses? See Deut. 34:1-3, “Then Moses climbed from the plains of Moab to Pisgah Peak in Mount Nebo, across to Jericho. And the Lord pointed out to him the Promised Land, as they gazed out across Gilead as far as Dan … It is the Promised Land, the Lord told Moses. I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that I would give it to their descendants. Now you have seen it, but you will not enter it.” May this not be our portion in the mighty name of Jesus.
When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they were about 600,000 people (this was a type of Church) but only two (Joshua and Caleb) entered the promised land. What separated Joshua and Caleb from the rest? Confession. Confession goes before possession; your confession of faith, your placement of value. At a point when the children of Israel started misbehaving, Joshua said, choose you this day whom you will serve but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Josh. 24:15). When others who had a grasshopper mentality brought an evil report concerning the promised land, forgetting that they were connected to Jehovah the mighty God, Caleb confessed “let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well and able to overcome it.” (Num. 13B). At the age of 80, he said, “give me this mountain”.
PRAY:- Heavenly father I thank you for your wonderful plans for my life. I ask you to search through me if there be anything I am holding on to that is capable of debarring me from fulfilling your purpose, help me to unconditionally release it. Jesus I depend solely on your finished work at calvary to make it to the promised land. I proclaim that through you I shall do valiantly. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED.