Why wasn’t Moses forgiven and allowed to enter the promised land?


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God forgave Moses

God certainly forgives the sinner when he seeks Him in repentance. But God doesn’t deliver the sinner from reaping the natural consequences of his own wrongdoing. God forgave Moses of his sin as Moses truly repented of it. Nevertheless, Moses had to reap the seeds of his sin (Galatians 6:7). God is a righteous Judge (Psalm 7:11). And there is a balance between His mercy and justice.

Even on earth and in our courts of law, a judge must punish the law breakers. A good judge will not simply pardon a criminal who has killed or stolen just because the criminal was sorry for his wrongdoing. The law demands that the criminal must receive the due punishment for his crime. And this is so, because if sin goes unpunished, the law would be overlooked and anarchy will destroy the world. Imagine a world with no justice. Would anyone want to live in such a world? Of course not.

God’s justice refines the Christian

The apostle Paul wrote, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (Hebrews 12:5-7)

The Lord is never the author of pain and sorrow, though He may, at times, allow His children to experience them (2 Chronicles 18:18; Job 42:5; Psalms 38:3; 39:9). He administers whatever discipline or punishment necessary for the formation of character, or permits experiences that will do this objective.

Thus, discipline has been defined as the fine art of making believers, inasmuch as the disciple yields himself to a specific pattern of discipline, or training. Thus, the experiences of life are all “of the Lord” in the sense that nothing can happen to us except by our heavenly Father’s permission. Discipline is the duty, and responsibility of parents. In a sense, the administration of discipline is evidence of parenthood.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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