Explain Why Was Moses Barred From Leading The People Into The Land By Anisfeld

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Anisfeld, Moshe. “Why was Moses barred from leading the people into the promised land?: a psycho theological answer” Jewish Bible Quarterly 39, no.4 (October 2011): 211-220.

Anisfeld’s article is a, psycho-theological answer about Moses. He believes that the reason Moses was barred from leading the Israelites into the promise land was not that Moses committed sin however because he “failed to counteract the peoples slide into blasphemy”, about God. The traditional view is that Moses was disqualified due to punishment by God for sin. Since Anisfeld does not believe the traditional view about Moses leading the people, he applies another approach using ten complaints of the people recorded in the scriptures found in Exodus and Numbers. From the
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In reality, Moses was not superhuman as some viewed him as but he was just human. “While Moses is being elevated to divine status in the eyes of the people, God’s image as reliable provider is gradually dissipating in the course of the deprivations encountered in the desert travel.” He unmistakably had insecurities about what God wanted him to do and naturally so. In Ex 3:11 Mosses responds to God call and says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” When Moses replied to God that was an indicator that Moses did not believe that he could carry out the task. If someone does not believe in himself or herself then whatever they peruse may fail.

Exodus 4:10 Mosses informed the lord about his ailments and his insecurity of not being eloquent, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Typically, someone who is slow in speech and tongue would not be asked to fulfill such great task of leading people. For instance, someone who has been appointed in a leadership position is not going to feel insecure in what they are pursing however, they would accept all the challenges that have to come with the position and with
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God’s response was, “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” If all along Moses would have trust in himself to fulfill gods commands then he would not have been barred from leading the Israelites. Not because of sin or not speaking on God’s behalf because of blasphemy. The Israelites were going to feel great sorrow no matter what the future held because they were being oppressed and displaced.
Anisfeld proposes the question, “Why did Moses not speak to the people in a way that would affirm God’s exclusive divinity and assure them that God will have the rock yield water for them”. As I stated Moses tried to convey that he did not want to lead the Israelites. He told God his weaknesses over and over again. Even though he had these weaknesses he still tried to fulfill each command from God. Mosses was not able to speak to the Israelites in a way that would be to God’s liking because he did not believe he could do so. He also may not have been passionate about that

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