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HaAzinu 53-7

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Deuteronomy 32:44-52

For you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there into the land which I give the children of Yisra'el.

Deut. 32:52 HNV

What was the reason for not letting Moshe go into the land?

Moshe prayed a lot to HaShem that He would revoke his judgment and allow him to enter the land, but HaShem said no. What was the reason that the Eternal would not let Moshe cross over a little brook to place his feet on the Promised Land? It was not only to show the seriousness of sin in leaders. Neither was it only to show the finality of his decisions. There is a much more important reason behind this. What is this reason?

This great prophet Moshe, who conveyed the Torah to the world, who had done great miracles and spoken to the Eternal face to face, this man who had reached the highest level of consecration that a man can reach, did not have enough merit in himself to cross over or to lead the people over into the Promised Land.

There was only one person who could bring the people over. His name was Yehoshua. The shorter form of that name is Yeshua. This teaches us that Moshešs work was not complete. Moshešs Torah is not enough for a man to be able to cross over from death to life. Not even Moshe himself could come over into the land because of his sins. There is only one man who can bring us over to the Olam Habah, the coming age. His name is Yeshua. Through Moshe, HaShem appointed Yehoshua as the leader who would bring the people from one world to another. One who submits to Moshe therefore follows Yeshua, and will have his entrance into the coming world secured, as it is written in John 11:25: "Yeshua said to her, ŒI am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet will he live." (HNV)

Shabbat shalom,

Ketriel


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