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Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?
by Wayne Blank
"Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14 RSV)
"He buried him in the valley ... but no man knows the place of his burial"
Much of the Holy Bible is dual in nature and meaning. Perhaps the primary reason for that is that humans themselves are dual in potential; while all humans are born physical, some, those who repent, have available to them the means to be actually born again (not merely as a state of mind as many think it means), in a future resurrection, as spirit (see "Born Again" - When?). The means of that resurrection is the Rock upon which the Church of God was founded (i.e. "the Rock was Christ," see above) and the power that will make eternal life possible is the Holy Spirit of God (see The Quick and The Dead) which is sometimes spoken of as "Living Waters" (i.e. "a spring of water welling up to eternal life," see above).
The Israelites were given a physical object lesson of that Rock from which life originates.
"Now there was no water for the congregation; and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people contended with Moses, and said, "Would that we had died when our brethren died before The Lord! Why have you brought the assembly of The Lord into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; and there is no water to drink." (Numbers 20:2-5 RSV)
The Lord instructed His servants Moses (see also The Education Of Moses) and Aaron on how to find the water from the rock, just as He has always instructed His servants to do. The important word there is "find" the water and the rock, absolutely never to personally claim anything more.
"Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tent of meeting, and fell on their faces. And the glory of The Lord appeared to them, and The Lord said to Moses, "Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water; so you shall bring water out of the rock for them; so you shall give drink to the congregation and their cattle." (Numbers 20:6-8 RSV)
Moses followed The Lord's instructions about where to get the water, but disobeyed The Lord in not making it absolutely clear from Whom the waters came.
"And Moses took the rod from before The Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"
It was a serious error for Moses; it cost him entry into the physical promised land. Why? Because Moses acted like a "vicar of Christ" - Moses literally put himself in the place of Christ, the Rock from Whom the Living Waters truly come. The matter was corrected in the eyes of the people by Christ putting Moses to death.
"And The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them." (Numbers 20:12 RSV)
The Lord also attended to Moses' burial i.e. "He buried him" is not referring to a human because "no man knows the place of his burial" (Satan tried to steal Moses' body, but was stopped by the archangel Michael i.e. "the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses," Jude 1:9 RSV)
"And The Lord said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there."
Fact Finder: Despite his failure to enter the Israelites' physical promised land, Moses will enter the spiritual promised land of God's people. That was plainly proven in the transfiguration of Christ that showed Moses in the future Kingdom of God. Who else was seen in that visual prophecy? Why?