Numbers 19-21, Psalm 46
Many like to question the fairness or the justice of God. Biblically, they look to judgments which, humanly speaking, seem too severe for the crime. Personally, God’s fairness is constantly being questioned concerning difficulties that arise, such as the death of a loved one, personal illness, financial difficulties, etc. Francis Chan uses the imagery of a long piece of white rope to represent eternity. Then there is a short red section of the rope that represents our lives on earth. In comparison to the white rope, the red part is pretty short and insignificant. This is how Moses obviously saw his life, always in the arms of God, on this side of eternity or the next. This is how we should view ours.
The judgment against Moses in Numbers 20:12 may seem harsh or unfair when you consider the humility and faithfulness of this amazing servant of God. We read, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Not only did Moses misrepresent God in his anger and frustration but everything in the Old Testament points to the New Testament. Moses not only misrepresented God but He also ruined God’s symbolism. In 1 Corinthians 10:4, Paul reveals that the Rock represented Christ, “and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ”. So God was intending to give the picture that like the rock, which was struck once earlier, all you had to do was speak to it afterwards. Jesus, also needed to be struck only once for our sins, after that all we have to do is speak to Him and we receive His living water. Also, symbolically, Moses represented the Law. We see in Numbers 13:16 that Moses changed Hoshea’s name to Joshua, which means Jehovah is salvation (Jesus is the Greek name which means the same thing (Matthew 1:21)). So, symbolically, we, like the Israelites can never enter the Promised Land (Heaven), by following the Law, but only by following Yeshua (Jesus).
Despite the symbolism, if it still seems unfair, notice that Moses did not complain at all, he simply accepted the judgment. Also, we see the grace and mercy of God, in Matthew 17:3, 1500 years later, we see Moses in the Promised Land with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ”. When we finally accept that our time here on earth is but a mist (James 4:14, “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”), it becomes easier to accept whatever happens to us. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, nothing can separate us, neither death nor life (Romans 8:38). This is the freedom and peace God desires for all of us to enjoy.
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