God’s Anger Toward Moses
My reading for today is Deuteronomy 3 and 4. What stood out most for me today is that once in chapter 3 and once in chapter 4 Moses tells the people that because of them, God is angry with him and would not let him cross over into the land.
It is true that Moses became frustrated and angry with the people Israel and the his frustration and anger precipitated his disobeying God. Still it was his sin! Moses was the one that chose to disobey God. IT sounds to me like Moses is blaming the people for his transgression. But isn’t that just like us. When we do something that we aren’t supposed to, we try to justify our actions by shifting the blame onto someone or something else. Adam and Eve did it in the Garden and mankind has been doing it ever since. God just wants us to admit that we are sinners, confess our sin and we will be forgiven.
We need to remember that even though we are forgiven, our sin still has consequences. Moses’ consequence is that he was not allowed to enter the promised land. We know that his sin did not separate him from God because god was still with him through the rest of the desert journey. We also know that Moses entered heaven because he was on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus and Elijah.
The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years because they were disobedient. All of the disobedient people died in the desert. Moses didn’t get to enter the land because he was disobedient. The pattern that God punishes sin is evident. That is why we need a savior. That is why we need Jesus.