Moses: No Entry into Israel
Deuteronomy 3:23 speaks about Moses imploring, begging and pleading with God to allow him to enter the Land of Israel. But God says “no.” Why can't Moses go with the people into the Land of Israel?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Parents love their kids, so they tell them what to do: "Take your vitamins! Wear your boots! Don't touch the stove!
But no one likes rules, and sometimes children are resentful of their parents' discipline.
The Children of Israel were resentful, and frustrated by God's demands. The umpteenth time the Israelites whined for water, God told Moses, "Take your stick. Speak to the rock, and it will give water."
Moses went as he was told, but when the people screamed at him in rage and frustration, he lost his temper. He yelled at the people, and then he bashed the rock, which gushed forth water.
Only Man has the choice whether to listen to God. The mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds do exactly what they're created to do. God hoped that when the rock responded to Moses' gentle command, the people would introspect and become more responsive to God's will themselves. But inadvertently, Moses taught them even a rock resists listening to God and gives water only when it's beaten. The generation that left Egypt never truly appreciated that God loves them. Moses' mistake only reinforced the people's sense of grievance.
Because they never fully trusted God, they weren't allowed to enter the Land of Israel. Moses was their leader. He was responsible for them. And if they couldn't go in, he couldn't go in either.