What a lovely and interesting view this scripture gives us of Moses, the man of God! Look at him, as the Holy Ghost presents him here. And what was it that made Moses so anxious to go over and see the good land? It was but a type of heaven, but Moses knew, that if he had not the type, he would have the substance. If barred from Canaan, he would be in heaven. Surely there must have been some other cause that made Moses long for the sight of it. I venture to think, and this scripture leads me to the idea, “Let me see (said Moses) that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.” This was the one hallowed spot Moses longed to see, and to feast his eyes on. He who had conversed with Jesus at the bush, wanted to behold, and with sacred meditation, by faith, converse with Him, on the very spot where, in after ages, he knew that Jesus would be crucified.
He who by faith walked with Jesus, while in Egypt, so as to esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than all its treasures, would, by faith, have realized the presence of His Lord in sweet communion; and if, through faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood what would he not have felt as he traversed over the sacred goodly mountain, and Lebanon?
Here, he would have said, as he beheld, by faith, the day of Christ afar off, like the patriarch Abraham, here is the memorable ground, the holy mountain, on which Jesus will one day make His soul an offering for sin? Here the Son of God will forever do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.