Moses had sent twelve men into the land before them; the Promised Land; and the twelve returned with some glowing reports. Ten of them, however, only saw the obstacles, the giants in the land, and refused to see the Divine possibilities. Because of their unbelief God has given Moses a thought of giving it to him and his heirs, and destroying this rebellious nation.
Moses has no such ambition. His heart is for the heart and mind of God. That is what we hear in the following verses; as well as the LORD’S response to him.
“And Moses said unto the LORD, ‘Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for Thou broughtest up this people in Thy might from among them;) and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that Thou LORD art among this people, that Thou LORD art seen face to face, and that Thy cloud standeth over them, and that Thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if Thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of Thee will speak, saying, ‘Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which He sware unto them, therefore He hath slain them in the wilderness.’ And now, I beseech Thee, let the power of my LORD be great, according as Thou hast spoken, saying, The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.’
And the LORD said, ‘I have pardoned according to thy word: but as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
Because all those men which have seen My glory, and My miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to My voice; surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked Me see it: but my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.'” Numbers 14:13-25 (KJB)
I will leave you with the thoughts of F. B. Meyer…
“Moses was free from selfish ambition. His one thought was for the glory of God. When for a moment the suggestion presented itself to his mind that his own seed should take the place of this rebellious race he instantly dismissed it. It was not to be entertained for a moment, lest the Egyptians make capital of it. He had no desire to be the ancestor of a great nation, if it would tarnish the divine honor. He would rather be consigned to oblivion himself than that one jewel in the glorious galaxy of God’s glory should be bedimmed.
There were three arguments in his intercession: God’s reputation, God’s consistency with Himself and God’s mercy. Methinks I hear the voice of the Supreme Mediator these pleadings! His prayer was heard, but the generation that believed not could not enter the land. You may escape Egypt and yet miss Canaan. See Heb_3:12-19.” THROUGH THE BIBLE DAY BY DAY by F. B. Meyer
That is the heart of our Savior Jesus Christ. May His heart be mine as well.