by Daniel Rodgers

So Close, Yet So Far
Dan Rodgers
Deuteronomy 34:1-8
January 22, 2006

INTRODUCTION: The story of Moses never being able to enter the Promised Land is one of the saddest stories in all of the Bible. Here was a spiritual giant--a man called of God to deliver Hs people from bondage. Over 2 million Jews had followed him out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and through the wilderness. It was Moses who received the 10 Commandments and wrote the first five books of the Bible. It was Moses, at the direction of God, who set up the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Moses was God's friend. The Bible says, And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face (Deut. 34:10).

Can you imagine what it was like for Moses as he neared the Promised Land? I mean, this was God's promise to the people of Israel--this was what they had been waiting for--a land flowing with milk and honey--free from slavery, resting and at peace...and yet, Moses missed it all. So close, yet so far.

You know, I believe there are many Christians like that--many like Moses, who have given God everything. They work, they serve, they live right--they do the right things. If you were to look at them, you would say, "What more could anyone expect of them?" Moses was a man like that--faithful in all he did...EXCEPT...

Wouldn't it be great if we never had to say that about Moses? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we never had to read in the Bible that there was an exception? Moses was nearing the Promised Land--the dream and fulfillment of his life. But he made one serious mistake. In a moment of anger, he disobeyed God.

The children of Israel were out of water--they were thirsty. So, God told Moses to take his staff and smite a rock, which he did. Miraculously, water came out of the rock. God then instructed Moses, "The next time you need water, don't smite the rock, speak to the rock. Now, we know this was important because the Rock represent ...

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