“Then Moses went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; 2 all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean Sea*; 3 the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.”
-Deuteronomy 34:1-4

This passage of scripture has ALWAYS bothered me!

I’m not sure I know how to make since of it, but I do know that the Lord meets us in scripture. Those feelings that come when we read are given to us for a reason.

The best thing we can do is press into those thoughts or feelings.

Moses had the assignment of leading a massive amount of whiny, cranky, and stubborn people, out of Egypt, through the desert, and almost into the promise land.

Yes, I said “almost”.

He worked so hard. He endured so much. However, he still was unable to go into the land that God had promised to his forefathers.

The reality of the situation is that Moses didn’t do what the Lord wanted (Numbers 20).

When we are disobedient to the Lord we can’t expect that He is going to bless our actions. That’s impossible.

God Doesn’t Bless Disobedience.

Which is why the most frustrating part of the story is that over and over God had mercy on those rebellious people, but when Moses does one thing wrong, he’s out.

It doesn’t seem fair.
But God isn’t all that concerned about being fair.
However, He is just.

Fair means that everyone is treated the same.
Just means that everyone is treated in accordance with God’s known Law.

Moses and Israel were both held to the known Law of God.

Israel was given mercy, and the mercy they received allowed them to make it into the promise land.
Moses was given mercy, but the result wasn’t being able to go into the promise land.

Verse 4 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.” 



Even though he couldn’t enter the promise land, Moses was allowed to SEE it.

I can’t begin to imagine how he felt at that moment, but God was undeniably showing Moses mercy and love.

God isn’t the government trying to make sure everyone gets the same amount of this or that service.
God isn’t making sure everyone gets a participation award.
God isn’t making sure that everyone makes the same amount of money. 


Remember the Parable of the Talents? All three men were given different amounts and yet they were all held to the same standard (Law).

They were given different amounts for a reason, but in no way does that make God unjust or unloving. 
 


God loved Moses.
Out of everyone on Earth, Moses experienced one of the deepest relationships with God.

I believe Moses understood that not entering into the promise land wasn’t the end of the world.

He knew he had messed up; however, he also knew, that very soon after he saw the promise land he would die and forever be with God.

We don’t picture death this way very often.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Moses desired God more than he desired the promise land.

So, how about you?

-Daniel