“Now the Lord said to Moses: ‘Go up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel. And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people…’. Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: ‘Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.’ And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him…and you shall give some of your authority to him that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.’” (Numbers 27:12-13; 15-18; 20, NKJV)
The contrast between the lives of Moses and Joshua provide an example of the purpose of Christ’s work on Earth. Moses, who represents the Law, was not permitted to cross over to the promised land due to disobedience (i.e. he was unable to fully keep the Law). Joshua, who is an Old Testament picture and foreshadow of Christ, did go in and possess the promised land since he transcended the Law beyond Moses’ disobedience. For us today, it is only through Christ that we walk in our promises here on earth, as well as possess our rightful inheritance in heaven.