Why the Greatest Prophet failed to enter the Promised Land

MosesThe fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham concerning the inheritance of his descendants began with the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. By the might hand of God, this was done through Moses, the deliverer and prophet to this people. However, Moses failed to make it to the Promised Land. His servant did.

Why couldn’t he enter? What accounted for this failure?

The failure of Moses to make that number was rooted in a weakness in his personality, which was of ancestral origin. Moses had a problem with anger; he couldn’t tame it.

Let’s trace the ancestry of his dominant weakness.

Moses was a Levite. Levi, son of Jacob, was his ancestor. It is recorded that Levi had fierce anger. Jacob, his father, cursed Levi’s wrath. He said concerning the anger of Levi and Simeon:

“Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel.” [Genesis 49:7 KJV]

This was the nature of the anger of the man from whom Moses descended. The family had anger issues.

This dominant weakness made Moses murder an Egyptian in his quest to resolve an issue of oppression. That led to his 40-year exile as he fled for his life.

God found him in the wilderness and brought him back as a deliverer of his people. However, as they journeyed through the wilderness, his untamed anger made him break two tablets of stone bearing God’s commandments to his people. He threw down the tablets when he was met with idolatry in the camp of Israel as descended from Mt. Sinai. Consequently, he suffered another forty days and nights without food for their replacement.

Ultimately, this dominant weakness in Moses’ personality kept him from sanctifying God before the eyes of the Israelites. In his wrath, he struck the rock twice instead of speaking to the rock as commanded by God, the second time the people chided him in request for water. That was it. He could go no further. God restrained him. He died in the wilderness.

Failure of Moses to recognize and work on his dominant weakness, an ancestral problem, eventually cost him his inheritance.

Beware of your weaknesses! Work on yourself to manage and keep your dominant weakness under control. Failure to do this could cause irreparable damage to your divinely ordained purpose.


Genesis 15:13-14; Exodus 2:11-15; Acts 7:22-30; Genesis 49:5-7; Exodus 32:15-19; Exodus 34:1-2; Deuteronomy 9: 17-18; Numbers 20:9-12


About Seth T. Boateng

Mr. Seth T. Boateng is a dynamic writer, Bible teacher, medical research scientist, lecturer and clinical microbiologist. The central theme of his message is the holistic empowerment of God's children to live fulfilling lives.
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