Was God Indifferent to Moses and Elijah?
When we reflect on some of the lives of Biblical figures, it may seem that God was indifferent to them. Consider the case of Moses. He led the stiff-necked Israelites out of Egypt. He deserved a reward, right? But after striking the rock twice, this is what God told him and Aaron:
12And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” (Numbers 20:12, emphasis added)
Was the Lord indifferent to Moses for not allowing him to enter the promised land?
Now, let’s turn to Elijah. He hoped for the end of Baal worship and longed for the return of the glory of Israel. He challenged the prophets of Baal into a duel. All he wanted was that the people may know that the Lord is God, and that the people may turn their hearts back to Him (1 Kings 18:37). He may have won the duel, but Queen Jezebel wanted him dead (19:2). And never in his lifetime did Elijah witness the fulfillment of his desires, even though these are noble ones.
Was the Lord also indifferent to Elijah, in spite of his noble aspiration?
It seems that God was indifferent to his servants Moses and Elijah. Sometimes, we also experience what seems to be indifference of God. Is this how the Lord rewards his servants? But before we jump to conclusions, let us consider one more passage:
1And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. (Matthew 17:1-3, emphasis added; see also Mark 9:2-4 and Luke 9:28-30)
Moses may not have entered the promised land, but he saw the Promised Messiah. Elijah may not have seen the glory of Israel return in his lifetime, but he saw the Glory of Israel. Moses and Elijah’s reward was infinitely better than what they perhaps expected to receive in the lifetimes.
So was God indifferent to Moses and Elijah? And was He indifferent to his servants, including you and me? Just remember this: God doesn’t forget his servants!