According to Moses:

English Standard Version Deuteronomy 1:37

Even with me [Moses] the LORD was angry on your account and said, ‘You also shall not go in there.

According to God:

Numbers 20:12

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust Me to show My holiness in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them."


I think that conclusion is inescapable. Moses sinned but was severely provoked by the whining, whinging people. Moses lost his temper.

Note the comments of Matthew Poole:

For your sakes; upon occasion of your wickedness and perverseness, by which you provoked me to speak unadvisedly, Psalm 106:32,33.

This does not excuse Moses, but the leader must be judged more severely as James 3:1 says:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.


Moses was warned that there would be no tolerance for breaking the Law ...

EXODUS 23:21 Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions;

They were ‘under Law’. And Moses broke it, therefore had to pay the penalty - death!

EXODUS 20:7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Mose was Gods mediator, he represented God to the children of Israel. When they saw him, they saw God. Just as when he came down from Sinai, only then he wore a veil, but not here ..

NUMBERS 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”

Moses was mis-representing God, misrepresenting his [Gods] name. A clear violation of Law.

Now, did he blame ‘Israel’ for him breaking the Law? Just like Adam blaming someone? In this, one thing is very clear, if he ‘might’ve’ - the word/bible certainly does not say this, which you are suggesting and only some very ‘loose’ eisegesis could reason this.

  • Moses was not a perfect man. In any case, +1 – Tony Chan Mar 11 at 23:17

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.