Moses’ mandate

Moses was such a great man. At the time He lived, he was said to be the meekest man on earth. Highlights of his life are:

1. His birth and rescue by Pharoah’s daughter

2. He was miraculously nurtured by his mother

3. He was an Israelite yet was opportuned to live in the Egyptian’s palace

4. He killed an Egyptian when trying to settle a row

5. He fled to Midian

6. He was commissioned by God at 80 years old

7. He was seriously ill on his way back to Egypt

8. He held notable conversation with Pharaoh, each translating to grand miracles

9. He led the Israelites out of Egypt

10. God, through him, parted the Red Sea

11. He struck* a rock twice and water came forth

12. God, through him, sent manna from heaven

13.  He showed that he was a man under authority by constantly enquiring from God

14. He was a compassionate man who interceded for the Israelites several times

15. He spoke with God one on one. God commended him.

16. He made the 10 commandments known

17. He was given the building specification of the ark

18. He led the Israelites to victory on many battles

19. He gave the rules and regulations on how to possess the “promised land”

20. He died at 120 years

Moses’s purpose, I believe strongly, was to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Exo 1:5) and take them to the promised land (Num 20:12). Was this achieved? Not quite.

You may wonder what happened. God instructed him to speak to a rock to allow for a free flow of water for the Israelites when they cried out of thirst. I presume they had put much pressure on Moses through their murmuring and ungrateful attitude. Instead of speaking, he struck the rock – giving that frustration an outlet. That was disobedience and God was crossed with him. (Num 20:12)  “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

He ask God for mercy but he was not pardoned. Deut 3: 24-27 “Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Let  me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan–that fine hill country and Lebanon. But because of you the LORD was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the LORD said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan”.

Honestly, I really think that was sad. Despite all the thick and thin he went through with the Israelites, the great and mighty miracles wrought through him, the cloud of fire and glory of God he carried around, would it not have been sweet if he had entered into the promised land? It would have been the peak of his leadership. But for a momentary anger!

What can debar you entering your promised land or what could cause you to not achieve your God-given  purpose? Anger? Malice? Doubt? Do a self check and nip such in the bud!

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