Moses is Told, “No.” – Deuteronomy 3-4

Read Deuteronomy 3-4

In Deuteronomy 1:6-4:3, Moses retells the story of the journey to the Promised Land. I encourage you to not underestimate the importance of the book of Deuteronomy; when Jesus was tempted in the desert, He quoted from this book three times to thwart Satan’s efforts. This book is vital to Christians today as we seek to please God in every area of our lives (1 Corinthians 10:1-5).

As you read 3:23-29, Moses tells us about a private prayer he prayed for himself. In verse 23, Moses describes this time of prayer and says he “pleaded” with the Lord. This is a rare time when we see Moses concerned with his own fate. You can understand his “pleading” with God. He has shepherded this wandering nation for a long time. He wants to see the Promised Land; the land just across the Jordan River from where he stands.

You have to go back to Numbers 20:10-13 to see the full story to understand God’s refusal to allow Moses to enter the land. God becomes angry for Moses’ repeated prayers against God’s will. Moses was told to stop because God had spoken on this before. God did offer him a consolation prize as he was allowed to climb Mount Pisgah and view the Promised Land from the high elevation it offered. The consequences of Moses’ sin remained, but this did not negate God’s gracious and kind care of His friend.