I love the merciful heart of God.
He displays His provision, forgiveness, mercy and compassion over and over to a rebellious people.
Because He is just, He always deals with sin, but He never bails on His love.
In Numbers 27, we see that God tells Moses he is soon to die.
“Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and see this land I have given to the Israelites. After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” Numbers 27:12-14
Moses knew he would not be taking the people into the promised land. God had told him why.
However, God wanted Moses to see it.
Moses had led them this far and it would be sad to have been such a part of the whole process and not to get a picture of the end result.
God in His goodness, had Moses go up the mountain to get the big view of this incredible plan that he had been a part of.
He wouldn’t enter it, but he would get to see it.
Oh the satisfaction that Moses must have had to know and to see that they had finally arrived after all of this crazy journey!
With that in view, he could enter into his rest and eternal reward.
As Moses is concerned about the people not having a leader, God establishes Joshua.
Moses led them out of Egypt, Joshua will lead them into the land.
Over and over I see that God provides. He removes one but raises up another.
His work through Moses is drawing to a close, mission accomplished.
But endings with God are new beginnings as He moves forward with His plans.
The journey continues on.
“He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.” Philippians 1:6