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March 9, 2016

UNBELIEF AND REBELLION

by Leslie John

Leslie John

Scriptures are inspired by God inasmuch as they are out breathed by Him in order that they are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for our instruction in righteousness. The writers are used as instruments in the hands of God to deliver His message to in writing.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)

One such great writer who wrote the book of Hebrews shows how great our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is and unbelief in Him is sin. In spite of the warnings available in the Bible for not believing in Him man constantly questions His Word and shows unbelief in the Lord.

In Hebrews 3:12-19 God brings out an important scenario to show us how the children of Israel perished in the wilderness because of their unbelief. Their start from the land of Egypt was excellent. They served as slaves for four hundred years under Pharaoh, making bricks for construction of great monuments like Pyramids, etc.

Their hardship under the bondage of slavery was too much for them to bear and therefore, cried out to the LORD to save them. God answered their prayers and delivered them from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh of Egypt by the hand of his servant Moses, who was assisted by his brother Aaron. God used Moses mightily and by the Lord outstretched mighty hand He delivered from their slavery.

After their deliverance from Egypt the set out very confidently until they reached Red Sea where they feared the Sea in front of them and chasing Pharaoh and his army from behind them. Yet, when by the power of God through Moses their leader Red Sea was parted into two.

The sea being divided into two and the flow of waters that was upwards the children of Israel yet had to exercise great faith to walk on the dry land between the two upward flowing streams of water. They did not know whether or not the waters will come down when they are in the midst of the sea to drown them or whether or not they would reach the other shore safely. That required great faith. They were huge in number without any vehicles to travel fast.

Men and women children and old and sick all were to walk slowly on the dry land in the midst of two great water-pillars flowing upwards and outwards but not falling onto the dry land. Their faith to walk forward to reach the other side of the sea was indeed great and they did it by faith. They also rejoiced when the waters converged into one drowning Pharaoh, his chariots and great army in the Red Sea.

Moses and his sister Miriam and all the children of Israel sang a song in praises of God, who delivered them from the bondage of slavery.

The children of Israel complained against Moses and the LORD’s leading them from Egypt to Canaan and each time they complained, God provided a way out, in spite of treating each complaint as rebellion against Him. The LORD resolved all their complaints to their favor. However, in some later cases, because of their repeated rebellion God chastised them very badly.

Some would literally interpret Numbers 14:22 and list ten rebellions of the children of Israel. However, inasmuch as the children of Israel rebelled more than ten times against Moses the phrase “ten times” was understandably to mean “frequently”.   In addition, after they have entered the Promised Land, they rebelled several times again. The phrase “children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD” is found very often.

“Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice” (Numbers 14:22)

The rebellions of the children of Israel are as follows:

Wilderness is a desert or a tract of land or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings.   Job 38:26 reads “To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man” (Job 38:26) Going by this definition the rebellion of the children of Israel started even before they passed the Red Sea. Another point to note is that some rebellion described in Exodus Chapters 14may appear to be the same as in Numbers Chapter 11 but they are not. They are far apart from each other by about forty years and occurred at different locations.

1. AT THE RED SEA – RED SEA PARTED (Exodus 14:10-12)

The children of Israel cried to the LORD when they saw Red Sea in front and Pharaoh’s army with chariots and horses behind them. They were struck in the middle with no option either to go ahead or turn back to go to Egypt. They were sore afraid and questioned Moses in their anger if there were not graves in Egypt that he brought them away to the wilderness. They rather desired to go back to Egypt. They said “it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness”.Exodus 15:22-27. THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT BITTER WATER:

2. AT MASSAH AND MERIBAH – WATER MADE SWEET (Exodus 17:1-4)

The children of Israel started out from the ‘wilderness of sin’ and as commanded by the LORD they pitched at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink. They soon forgot their slavery and hardship in Egypt and rebelled against Moses asking him as to why he delivered them from Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. They even went to the point of levelling charges against Him that he brought them and their cattle from safe place to the wilderness to die. Moses cried out to the LORD saying “What shall I do unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me”. The LORD said to Moses to go before the people and take three elders of the Israel and his rod and strike the rock in Horeb, while the LORD will be on the rock. Moses did as the LORD commanded him and they got water. The name of the place was called “Meribah” because the children of Israel tempted the LORD saying “Is the LORD among us, or not? “ (cf. Exodus 17:5-7)

After their triumphant passage on the dry land between the parted waters of Red Sea, which was unique miracle from God, they went out into the wilderness of Shur and after three days they did not find water. When they came to Marah they found that the waters there were bitter, and the place was so called because the waters were bitter.

The children of Israel murmured against Moses, who cried unto the LORD and the LORD showed him a tree, which by the commandment of the LORD, was thrown into the waters by him and the waters became sweet. The LORD said to them that if they obeyed His commandments and statutes none of the diseases that Egyptians faced will come upon them. The LORD asserted saying “I am the LORD” who heals them. The travelled from there to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees. They encamped there by the waters.

There are two incidences where children of Israel grumbled for water. At the first instance the children of Israel murmured for water at a place which was named “Massah and Meribah”. This place is nearby Rephidim (cf. Exo. 17:1-7). The LORD gave them water when Moses by the command of the LORD smote the rock in Horeb. The LORD stood upon the rock in Horeb and the people drank of the water that came out of the rock. Moses called the name of the place as Massah, and Meribah because the children of Israel tempted the LORD saying “Is the LORD among us, or not”.

3.  (a) COMPLAINT FOR FOOD AT THE ‘WILDERNESS OF SIN’ – PROVISION OF MANNA (Exodus 16:1-3)

They travelled from Elim to the “wilderness of Sin”, which was between Elim and Sinai. They reached this place on the fifteenth day of the second month after they left from the land of Egypt. The children of Israel saw the miracles of God, and yet they murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness asking them as to why they brought them from the land of Egypt where, purportedly, they had meat and bread to the full. Very soon they forgot that they were slaves for four hundred years in Egypt, where in their last days there, they did not even get straw to make bricks, while their taskmasters troubled them greatly. However, the LORD had compassion on them and provided them heavenly food called “Manna”.

3 (b) THEY VIOLATED SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT MANNA

When God gave “Manna” to the children of Israel it came with certain instructions that they should inevitably follow. Moses conveyed God’s instructions to them that they should collect “Manna” the quantity they need for a day and nothing more, and if excess was collected it would perish. He said let none of them leave “Manna” till the morning; notwithstanding they disobeyed his instructions left of it until the morning resulting in breeding of worms in the food which then stank. He that collected in excess of an “Omer” (about five gallons) did not have in excess, and he that collected less than an “Omer” did not lack.

“And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating”(Exodus 16:18)

“But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack” (2 Corinthians 8:14-15)

3 (c) THEY FAILED TO KEEP SABBATH  (Exodus 16:27-30)

The LORD said to Moses to speak to them and say that only on sixth day they should collect two days food that it may last on seventh day while they take perfect rest on the Sabbath Day. The “Manna” that they collected on the sixth day for two days did not stink but lasted for the seventh day as well. However, they rebelled against God and some of them went on the Sabbath day also to collect “Manna” but they did not find it. The children of Israel violated the fourth command of the Ten Commandments by not taking rest on the Sabbath day. The LORD said to them through His servant Moses that “let no man go out of his place on the seventh day in order that they may rest on the seventh day as did God on the seventh day after completing creation in six days. This command was given to the children of Israel and they violated it. The punishment for violating Sabbath was death by stoning, yet they feared not the Almighty God Exodus 16:27-30, Exodus 20:1-8, Numbers 15:32-36)

4. THEY WORSHIPPED IDOLS (Exodus 32:1-35)

This whole chapter is about the children of Israel making molten calf and worshipping it in place of the living God and the consequences they reaped. Moses went up the Sinai Mountain at the beckoning of the LORD and received from Him, the Ten Commandments written on the two tablets of stone with the LORD’s own fingers, and came down. However, there was considerable delay for Moses to return from the Sinai Mountain.

The people went to Aaron and said to him to make them gods who could lead them because Moses was not to be seen. Aaron conceded their request and said to them to provide golden earrings of the wives of their sons and daughters. When they brought golden material to Aaron he made for them a molten calf. The text says Aaron made a molten calf but the initial request from the people was “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us”.

Probably it is because that initial request to make ‘gods’ that the text continues…“and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” or either they or Aaron must have made similar handmade gods and said to them that it is those idols that brought them out of Egypt. They called them ‘gods’ and therefore, God’s anger kindled against them. When Aaron saw that they worshipped the idols, he built an altar before it, and Aaron made a proclamation that the next day was the feast day to the LORD, and they rose up early in the morning and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD.

The LORD saw what they did and said to Moses to go down and see how they turned away from worshipping the living God to worshipping idols. He called them “stiff-necked people” and intended to consume them, but Moses intervened and said to the LORD that He brought the people of Israel from out of Egypt with His mighty hand and if He destroyed them, then Egyptians would say that the LORD brought them out of Egypt to slaughter them.

Moses reminded God of His promises He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and God rescinded His anger and spared them from being destroyed. Moses came down from Mount Sinai and saw the calf and their dance before it. His anger waxed hot. He broke the calf into pieces, strewed it, and powder and burnt it, and mixed it with water and made the children of Israel to drink of it. The anger of Moses did not cease there, but he ordered every man to go with his sword and slay his brother. They did as Moses commanded them and there fell of the people three thousand men.

5.  COMPLAINT FOR FOOD (Numbers 11:1-3)

The children of Israel complained for food at Taberah. This place was different from that of Meribah or Massah. The LORD was displeased and His anger kindled against them at their discontentment and fire of the LORD consumed those who were in the utter most parts of the camp. The people cried to Moses, who prayed to the LORD and the fire quenched. People called the place Taberah (cf. Numbers 11:1-3)

6 (a) MIXED PEOPLE COMPLAINED FOR MEAT. GOD GAVE THEM “QUAILS” (Numbers 11:4-34)

Quails are migratory birds. The mention of quails is in two incidences, and they are not one and the same. When God gave “Manna” and “Quails” it was a blessing to the children of Israel. Quails came up in the evening and covered the camp and in the morning the dew lay round about the camp. The Bible says it was a food that angels ate.

“Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full” (Psalms 78:25)

They ate sumptuously to their satisfaction until the children of Israel starting feeling monotonous eating them, and soon they started murmuring. The first mention of quails occurs in Exodus 16:13 and second mention occurs in Numbers 11:33-33 (cf. Psalm 78:26-32, Psalm 105:39-42).

When Pharaoh said to Moses to take the children of Israel out of Egypt as soon as possible, and when Moses and the children of Israel left Egypt some Egyptians also went out of their land and followed the children of Israel probably because they witnessed terrible ten plagues wrought by the God of Israel and believed in Him. Those Egyptians and the children of Israel complained to Moses for meat. Not only the Egyptians who came out lusted for meat but also the children of Israel did.

The children of Israel wept saying “Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes”. People gathered manna and in, unbelief, baked in pans and ate it.

Moses heard their complaints and the LORD was very angry. They wept in the ears of the LORD and the LORD said “for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?”. They indeed ate meat until it was loathsome for them. It did not do any good for their health (cf. Numbers 11:4-20)

6 (b)  MOSES COMPLAINS ABOUT CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (Numbers 11:11-15)

Now, Moses complains to God about the children of Israel. His complaint was not a mere expression of grief over the discontentment of the children of Israel but it was as if God forcibly gave him a responsibility that he never wanted. No doubt, Moses was reluctant to accept leadership but when he saw the greatness of God he was obedient and accepted the challenge. However, when the children of Israel lusted after meat for food, he went to the LORD and complained as to why the LORD gave him the burden of leading them from out of Egypt until the Promised Land. His fierce complaint included words that were very unpleasant. He said “and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?” The LORD resolved his problem by taking of the spirit that was upon him and giving it to the seventy chosen men of the elders of Israel, who were known to him as the elders of the people and officers over them. (cf. Numbers 11:16-17)

7. MIRIAM AND AARON REBEL

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it” (Numbers 12:1-2)

Moses’s sister Miriam and his brother Aaron spoke against him because of the Ethiopian woman he married. They also rebelled against his leadership. They were jealous of his leadership and thought Moses considered them as subordinates. God spoke to Aaron as well (cf. Exodus 12:1).

The LORD did not take their rebellion lightly. He spoke to Moses, Aaron and Miriam and called them out to be present at the Tabernacle and they came out (cf. Numbers 12:4). The LORD said to them he spoke to others in visions but to Moses He spoke mouth to mouth and questioned them as to why they were afraid to speak against His servant Moses (Numbers 12:5-8). The LORD departed when they did not have any answer to His question, but His anger kindled against them.

Miriam became instantly a leper, white as snow; however, Aaron was spared inasmuch as it was Miriam who took the lead in accusing Moses. Aaron acknowledged that he spoke foolishly against Moses, who interceded with the LORD for pardon on behalf of both Miriam and Aaron. The LORD spared Aaron but answered MOSES saying she should be chastised for seven days. The children of Israel waited at “Hazeroth” for seven days for her chastisement to complete, and then resumed their journey (cf. Lev. 14:8; Job 30:10; Isa. 50:6; Matt. 26:67).

8. SPIES SENT INTO CANAAN

“Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them” (Deuteronomy 1:8)

The children of Israel had reached the borders of the Promised Land and it would not take many days to get into the land. However, at that time the LORD spoke to Moses saying that he should send men one from each tribe of their fathers to the Promised land of Canaan and spy out the land and see if the people living there were strong or weak, few or many, whether the land was good or bad, whether the cities they live in were tents or strong holds, whether or not the land was rich or poor, whether or not there was wood and then commanded them to be of good courage and bring of the fruit of the land. He also suggested that the grapes were ripe then. (Numbers 13:1-2, Numbers 13:17-20)

A quick reading of this Numbers 13th chapter will surely render misunderstanding that it was God’s plan to send the spies to the land of Canaan and check it out whether the land of Canaan was really good or not. But it was not so. God did not need to check the strength of the men who were living in Canaan.

God knew that the land which He promised to the children of Israel was very good one and it was a land where milk and honey was flowing. The land was rich in fruit, wood and cities were strong. God promised the best for the children of Israel and there was no need for Him to send spies to search the land that He may change His promise. No, it was not so.

It was the request of the children of Israel that the LORD was responding to. God had already promised the Israelites that the land of Canaan was given to them for their possession. All that they had to do was to believe on the LORD and go forward to possess it.

“Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged”. (Deuteronomy 1:21)

But the children of Israel had been murmuring from the time they left Egypt until they reached the borders of the Promised Land. They were at Kadeshbarnea, which was very close to the Promised Land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 1:19); but then it was they who decided that they would send spies to search the land and bring them report.

That is to say that they did not depend on God’s word but wanted to depend on the report which their own men would present to them and consider whether or not they should enter the Promised Land of Canaan. They murmured against Moses and the LORD and felt that their journey in the wilderness was not worth leaving the land of Egypt (Deuteronomy 1:22-27)

Thus they displeased the LORD many a time on their journey. Their mindset was still of slavery even when they were at the borders of the land of Canaan. They did not trust the LORD in spite of seeing miraculous protection they had all through their journey; they never lacked food or water, yet they murmured against the LORD and worshipped idols on their journey from Egypt to Canaan.

“And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us”. (Deuteronomy 1:27)

Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

Here in this particular situation we see that the children of Israel failed in faith and tempted God. They did not trust that God, who promised them the land of Canaan, would be really the God worth believing. They did not believe that the land of Canaan was really the land where milk and honey was flowing.

God gave them the promise that this rich land will be given to them for their possession. It was given even when they were still under the bondage of slavery (Exodus 3:8). God delivered them from the bondage under Pharaoh and led them through the wilderness unto the borders of Canaan, where they stopped to murmur again losing their faith in God.

It was as if they would decide for themselves whether or not they want to enter the land of Canaan. The promise was about to be fulfilled when the children of Israel had doubted God’s promise and reaped the consequences.

Once again, God agreed to their request and said to Moses that he should send twelve men one from each of the tribe of their fathers to spy out and bring the news. The LORD agreed that they may really see if God’s word was right. Moses sent twelve men as commanded. As we read further in Numbers Chapters 13 and 14 we see that the children of Israel paid the price for their unbelief and rebellion against the LORD.

9. KORAH’S REBELLION

“Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown” (Numbers 16:1-2)

Korah, Dathan, Abiram, the sons of Eliab, On, and the sons of Reuben challenged Moses and his leadership. They murmured against God, and cast allegations against Moses saying that he brought them out from the land of milk and honey, which according to them was Egypt. They alleged that Moses took upper hand and did not give them any important role in the service of God.

Disturbed by the protests of those men, Moses rises in anger and says that God will show by the next day, as to who was chosen by God to lead the children of Israel, and who was not. Moses then orders the protesters and asks them to take censers (censer is something like a fry-pan that was used to carry fire to burn incense before the LORD).

Moses tells them it is not a small thing that God chose certain ones unto Himself for His service in the Tabernacle. Dathan, Abiram and sons of Eliab refuse to come to Moses saying that he brought them from the land of milk and honey, where they had good life. Slavery under Pharaoh, and the land, where they were slaves was pleasant to them now, even as God was leading them to the real land of milk and honey, which He promised to the children of Israel.

At this point of time, Moses approached the LORD and said to Him that he had not taken even a donkey from them nor did he hurt any one of them. Now, again Moses asks Korah and all his company to stand before the LORD, along with Aaron, the next day. Moses asks them to take every man his censer and put incense in them, put fire in it and bring before the LORD. Every man brought his censer and thus two hundred censers were before the LORD. He asks Aaron also to bring his censer and put fire in it. Everyone gathered at the door of the tabernacle and the glory of the LORD appeared unto the entire congregation.

The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and asked them to separate themselves from the congregation, so that He may consume the protesters. At the instructions from the LORD everyone separated from Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Moses said to them that if they died of natural death, then it is an indication that Moses was not chosen by God, but if the earth swallowed them by opening its mouth, then it is an indication that God chose Moses to do the service for Him. As they were speaking the earth opened her mouth and swallowed all the protesters and Korah and his goods. There came out a fire from the LORD and consumed two hundred and fifty men who offered incense and God did not like that incense offering.

“…behold the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds…” (Numbers 17:8)

The LORD ordered that this rod of Aaron be kept as testimony in the ‘Ark of the covenant’, so that the future generations would know that God has chosen Aaron to be the priest. This rod of Aaron had later swallowed the serpents of the magicians. These magicians also made their rods as serpents under the instructions of Pharaoh who tried to undermine the authority of Aaron. But, the serpents of Aaron swallowed the serpents of magicians showing clearly that God is greater than his enemy. In Hebrews 9:4 the writer of Hebrews wrote about the rod of Aaron that budded.

10. MOSES FALTERS

Earlier at the “Wilderness of Sin” the children of Israel murmured that water was bitter and God provided sweet water when Moses dropped a branch of a tree into the river. Later, at Horeb the children of Israel murmured for water and God provided water when Moses struck the rock.

The children of Israel left wilderness of “Sin” and came to Rephidim, where there was no water for them to drink. They, who were slaves under Pharaoh for four hundred years, murmured against God. They chided with Moses and demanded water to drink. When Moses asked them as to why they were tempting the LORD, they in their thirst, retorted asking if he brought them from out of Egypt to kill them, their children and their cattle with thirst.

The LORD said to Moses to smite the said rock upon which He will stand and water will come out of it that the people may drink. Moses obeyed the LORD in the sight of the elders of Israel. Thus the children of Israel drank water from the rock. Moses called the place “Massah” (which means temptation), and “Meribah” (which means chiding or strife), because the children of Israel tempted the LORD and doubted if He was there among them or not (cf. Exodus 17:1-7)

A similar situation occurred nearly thirty nine years later when the children of Israel dwelt in “Kadesh” in the desert of “Zin”, and there was no water there. They rebelled against Moses and Aaron for water.

At the intercession of Moses the glory of the LORD appeared to them there and the LORD spoke to Moses when Moses and Aaron went out unto the door of the Tabernacle of the congregation and fell prostrate before the LORD. The LORD said to Moses to take his rod, which he used for turning the river water into blood, and gather the children of Israel and Aaron, and speak to the rock before their eyes. The LORD said that the rock will give forth his water, and that Moses shall bring forth the water out of the rock and give them and their cattle to drink.

As commanded by God Moses took the rod from before the LORD. He and Aaron gathered the children of Israel before the rock and Moses spoke angrily to them and called them ‘rebels’. In his anger he asked them if they should bring forth water from the rock and lifted up his hand and smote it with his rod twice.

No doubt, water came forth abundantly and the congregation and their cattle drank from the rock; but the act of Moses was highly displeasing to the LORD. The LORD knew the needs of His people and provided water to them and their cattle; but the anger of Moses towards the children of Israel seemed to be greater than the displeasure of the LORD towards the children of Israel. God counted the violation by Moses of His command as very serious disobedience.

There was reason why the LORD said to Moses to speak to the rock rather than strike it. First time, when they were at Rephidim the LORD said Moses to smite the rock and it gave water but second time when they were at Kadesh in the desert of Zin the LORD said to Moses to speak to the rock and it will give forth his water; but alas! Moses smote it. That Rock was Christ and He was to be smitten only once, in future, while in his incarnation as Savior. When Moses smote the Rock the Lord, the intended purpose was not shown to the people of Israel and he did not sanctify the LORD in the midst of the children of Israel.

“Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:51)

Later, speaking to Joshua, Moses recollected his error. He said the LORD did not accept his repentance because his disobedience was great and it projected a wrong meaning to the offer that the LORD made. The LORD said to him that he shall not go over Jordan and he should go the top of Pisgah, and lift his eyes in all the four directions and see the land with his eyes. (cf. Numbers 20:8-10; Deuteronomy 3:21-29; 1 Corinthians 10:4, 6)

However, Moses appeared to Peter, James and his brother John at the transfiguration of Lord Jesus and it shows that Moses is in heaven. We have, therefore, enough reason to believe that he will come as one of the two witnesses and bear testimony for the Lord thus completing his unfinished assignment.

 

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