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Monday, March 2, 2015

Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Moses Prays To See The Promised Land.

Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Moses Prays To See The Promised Land.

Subject Of Prayer: Moses Wished To Enter The Holy Land.

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 3:25 KJV
I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.

Deuteronomy 34:1-4 KJV
1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And The Lord shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,
3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
4 And The Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. (Judgment.)

Did God answer Moses' prayer? Yes.
God may answer our prayers in one of three ways, yes, no, not at this time.

God's answer to Moses' prayer was...No.
Why was that, what had Moses done?

Numbers 20:1-13 NLT
1 In the first month of the year, the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried.
2 There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron.
3 The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in The Lord’s presence with our brothers!
4 Why have you brought the congregation of The Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock?
5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!”
6 Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of The Lord appeared to them,
7 and The Lord said to Moses,

8 “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to The Rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from The Rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.”

9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before The Lord.
10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at The Rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we (Moses and Aaron) bring you water from this Rock?”
11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck The Rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

12 But The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me enough to demonstrate My holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!
13 This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with The Lord, and there He demonstrated His holiness among them.

1) Moses and Aaron, did not properly give The Lord, credit for the miracle.
2) The Rock, was a Biblical type of The Lord Jesus, and He would “not,” be struck twice!

The Lord, The Rock:

Psalm 61:2 KJV
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to The Rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 62:7 KJV
In God is my salvation and my glory: The Rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalm 78:16 KJV
He brought streams also out of The Rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

Psalm 78:20 KJV
Behold, He smote The Rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can He give bread also? can He provide flesh for His people?

Psalm 81:16 KJV
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of The Rock should I have satisfied thee.

Psalm 89:26 KJV
He shall cry unto Me, Thou art my Father, my God, and The Rock of my Salvation.

Psalm 94:22 KJV
But The Lord is my Defense; and my God is The Rock of my Refuge.

Psalm 95:1 KJV
O come, let us sing unto The Lord: let us make a joyful noise to The Rock of our Salvation.

Psalm 105:41 KJV
He opened The Rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

Psalm 114:8 KJV
Which turned The Rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Moses and Aaron had not brought glory to The Lord, but to themselves, and they would face the judgment.

Isaiah 3:10,11 KJV
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Galatians 6:7 KJV
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

A man may very well hammer a nail int a wall to hang a painting, ah, but then think to himself, no that is not where I want it at all. So out comes the nail, only to be hammered into the wall at a right location for the painting.

The man pulled the nail out to use it again, but there was something he did not do! He did not pull out the hole from the wall, for that remained.

Yes, how wonderful, our Lord forgives sins!

I John 1:9 KJV
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But there is one thing not said here, obvious by its absence. Absent, is the result of evil seed planted.

If a man murders someone, yes God can forgive a truly repentant individual, but he will still face the court with its sentence!

Did God love Moses, absolutely, but that did not mean he was above correction? No.

And our God shows correction and judgment, to help us, so that we do not go on and on making bad choices.

Hebrews 12:5-14 KJV
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of The Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him:
6 For whom The Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto The Father Of Spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see The Lord:

Our God, hears the prayers of all His people, but how wonderful, if the one praying is living a life of holiness that brings praise and honor to The Living God.