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Moses’ Obedience

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“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children-how on the day that you stood before the LORD your GOD at Horeb, the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on earth, and that they may teach their children so.’” – Deuteronomy 4:9

Deuteronomy 4:9 Audio

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After the Israelites had made the long trek across the wilderness, they were able to see the promised land. They were able to see the promise of the LORD fulfilled. Each step in the hot desert allowed them to understand how much they were fighting, struggling, and engaging to get to their destination. The process was not easy by any means, it was difficult, arduous, and intense. Yet even after going through each day’s hardships and difficulties, they arrived to the place that the LORD had apportioned for them even before they were created.

As this occurs, Moses wants to be able to go into the Promised Land and be able to see everything that was described. To this the LORD states that Moses will not be able to enter the Promised Land. The individual who led the people and had a divine connection with the LORD was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. This may be one point among a few where we are left wondering why Moses was not allowed to the see the fruit of the effort. Why was the leader not allowed to enter the descriptive land that held so much richness? Then Deuteronomy states, “But the LORD was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me.” As a leader, there were instances that the people rebelled against Moses and against the LORD for the arduous voyage. Moses was the one who was not allowed to see the Promised Land.

However, the LORD did allow Moses to see the land from afar. He allowed him the ability to look at the four directions and see the land that the people of Israel would take through the leadership of Joshua. To this, Moses still continues to show his obedience to the LORD even if he could not have one of the things he wanted. Moses goes on and continues leading. He instructs the people to continue reminding themselves of the greatness of the LORD and to make sure to teach their children the importance of everything the LORD has done.

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