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† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.






13 September 2005

Moses’ Sin


Q: What sin did Moses commit that forbid him to go into the Promised Land?

A: In Numbers 20:2-13, God told Moses and Aaron to speak to the rock and it would bring forth water for Israel. Evidently because of his anger at Israel, Moses struck the rock twice and he and Aaron were told that they would not be allowed to lead Israel into Canaan.

God wanted to show that the power of his Word was sufficient and Moses’ wrath didn’t allow this to happen.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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