Sin Always Comes with Consequences

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Deuteronomy 32:48-52(NIV)
On that same day the Lord told Moses, “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 32:48-52 (MSG)
That same day God spoke to Moses: “Climb the Abarim Mountains to Mount Nebo in the land of Moab, overlooking Jericho, and view the land of Canaan that I’m giving the People of Israel to have and hold. Die on the mountain that you climb and join your people in the ground, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and joined his people. “This is because you broke faith with me in the company of the People of Israel at the Waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin—you didn’t honor my Holy Presence in the company of the People of Israel. You’ll look at the land spread out before you but you won’t enter it, this land that I am giving to the People of Israel.”
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“And the Lord said to Moses that very same day, “Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab opposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel as a possession. Then die on the mountain which you climb, and be gathered to your people [in death], just as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with Me among of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat Me as holy among of the sons of Israel. For you shall see the land opposite you from a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.” -AMPLIFIED

The same day that Moses had sung his song to the people; God informs him that it is time for him to die. Moses has completed the job that God had set him to do. Sadly, because of his sin at Meribah Kadesh he would not have opportunity to enter the Promise Land, but God does give Moses a peek at the blessing that he was to miss.

God tells Moses, “Climb to the top of Mount Nebo, one of the Abarim mountains here in the land of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I’m giving to the people of Israel as their property.” -Deuteronomy 32:49 (VOICE)

The long and courageous career of this brilliant leader is about to end, but we see once again the graciousness of God extended to a sinner such as I. God tells Moses, “You won’t be able to enter the Land, but I will let you take a look at it from afar.” Scripture says, “So now you will only look at the land from far away. You will not enter the land I am giving the people of Israel.” -Deuteronomy 32:52 (NCV)

Notice that God gives Moses fair warning that it is time for him to meet His Maker. Deuteronomy 33 is exclusively dedicated to Moses’ blessings on the people of Israel; his final words to them.

Can you imagine what Moses must have been feeling at this point in time? To have gone through so much, come so far and yet…to miss out on the final prize. To see the Promised Land in all its glory and yet not to experience it must have been heartbreaking. Moses knew what he had done had been wrong, he knew that he had sinned against God and he knew that there were consequences to that sin. Imagine the disappointment though that he must have been feeling; to have come so close to gaining what he had worked so hard toward and not achieving it. He was to look out over the Promise Land, and we will find that he does so in the last chapter of Deuteronomy, but he will not possess it. He had known this time was coming eventually, but oh, the grief, sadness and despair that must have hit him at this moment. His time of journeying was over and he was heart-sick at the thought that he would not enter the Land.

Remember these facts:

1.)”So no matter what your task is, work hard. Always do your best as the Lord’s servant, not as man’s, because you know your reward is the Lord’s inheritance. You serve the Lord, the Anointed One, and anyone who does wrong will be paid his due because He doesn’t play favorites.” -Colossians 3:23-25 (VOICE)

2.) “Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.” -Hebrews 11:6 (VOICE)

3.) “I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed.” -Philippians 3:14 (VOICE)

Sin always comes with consequences; so be sure that you are working to please God obediently. Work hard toward the high calling that He has placed on your life and He will be pleased with you.

 

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