“… Speak no more unto me of this matter.” (Deuteronomy 3:26)
Moses had a unique relationship with the Lord. God spoke with him face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Ex. 33:11) Surely, He was a prince with God and often prevailed in prayer. His intercessions were so effectual that He stayed God’s hand when He would have consumed the children of Israel. But there came the time when the request of so beloved a servant as Moses would not be granted. Moses asked amiss.
“And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon. But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter. Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.” (Deut. 3:23-27)
It is not only selfish, covetous people that “ask, and receive not.” Moses wanted to do more than see the land of promise from afar. He wanted to finish what He started. But God said no. The matter was closed. There would be no more appeals. And Moses walked up the lonely mountain to look and die and worship the God who is always good, always wise, and always right. Ask whatsoever you desire; know that the mouth of God has the final say.