Murmuring of Moses

Why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land?

I believe many of us would quickly and easily answer this question, qualifying our answer from Numbers 20:8-12 “Moses disobeyed God’s instruction and failed to glorify God in the eyes of the children of Israel”

Therefore God punished Moses by not allowing him to enter the Promised Land.

This is the answer in a nutshell, or is it?

Perhaps we should look deeper into God’s word to find lessons that can apply to us today and we may find the answer is not TRIVIAL(commonplace or of little value) at all.


Was it in the character of Moses to be proud and disobedient?

Numbers 12:3 Tells us that Moses was the most meek man on earth.

Beginning in Exodus 3 when God called Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian captivity, until his death in Deut. 34, we see an example after example of faith and obedience to God’s commands.

Moses’ faith and obedience is also referred to in Hebrews 11:23-29


So what would cause Moses, the man of God, the servant of the Lord, to do something so out of character?

First of all perhaps we should see what immediately preceded this event. Again let’s look at Numbers 20, in verses 2 and 3 we read that the congregation gathered together and chode (made a continuous noise of murmur) against Moses because they had no water. This is not the only reference to the Children of Israel chiding and murmuring against Moses, let’s look at these scriptures Ex. 15:24, 16:2 (just two and a half months after leaving Egypt), 17:1-4, Num. 14:1-3, 27-36, Num. 16:41 this list of murmuring goes on and on. Perhaps to give a complete answer as to why Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land we must include that he grew discouraged and lost his self-control because of all the murmuring. Ps.106:32-33

Murmuring is associated and described by the following characteristics: envious, greedy, ungrateful, selfish, ignorant, angry, doubtful, impatient, discontent, rebellious, disrespectful of authority, more emotional than rational, more physical than spiritual, therefore creating a negative attitude and atmosphere for those murmuring as well as those hearing. Murmuring is often accompanied by acts of rebellion.

Just as those who murmured against Moses were murmuring against God, those who murmur against faithful church leaders today may also be murmuring against God, creating discouragement to all.

 By: Scott Jacques

Here is a PDF version for printing: Murmurring

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