Thursday, 18 March 2021
Question of the day: Why was Moses really not allowed to enter the promised land?
Answer: Numbers 27:14 "For in the wilderness of Zin during the strife of the community, you both (Moses and Aaron) rebelled against My Word instead of honoring Me as hol at the waters before their eyes."
This was not the first time the people were thirsty. It was the second time. On both occasions, God was making an example of their thirst for water and intimating a future reality. There is a time yet to come when people will thirst for the righteousness of Messiah Yeshua. Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." And also, Yeshua's own words about Himself. John 6:35 "Yeshua said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.'"
The two times water came from the rock represent the first and second coming of Yeshua. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 "For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea. They all were immersed into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. And all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink--for they were drinking from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the Rock was Messiah."
The first time, Moses was told by God to strike the rock. Exodus 17:6 "Behold, I will stand before you, there upon the rock in Horeb. You are to strike the rock, and
water will come out of it so that the people can drink." Then Moses did just so in the eyes of the elders of Israel. This symbolized the crucifixion of Yeshua. Isaiah 53:4b "Yet we esteemed Him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted."
Then in the second coming, He will also satisfy thirst, but this time, not as a suffering servant, but as King of the Jews. Read Revelation 4 (yes, the whole chapter) to receive the vision for this reigning King. Moses was supposed to bless the rock this second time to model a future reality. Matthew 23:39 "For I tell you, you will never see Me again until you say, 'Baruch ha-ba b'shem Adonai. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'" (which quotes Psalm 118:26).
Let's learn the lesson from Moses and be ready to speak blessing to Yeshua as He returns to the earth. We need to listen carefully to the Lord. The old instructions may not be the current instructions. Everything in its season. Shalom.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,