And I sought the LORD at that time, saying,…
1. Our first consideration is that the case before us does not disprove God's willingness to hear and answer prayer.
2. Our second consideration is that God does not always answer in just our way. The two things which Noses wanted were these —
(1) To enter the Promised Land. He did not, indeed, cross the Jordan into the earthly Canaan; but, closing his eyes, he opened them on a vision of heavenly beauty such as he had never dreamed of.
(2) He wanted to see "the work of his hands established upon him" (Psalm 90:16, 17). This also was given in manifold measure. The influence of Moses was, under God, the controlling factor in the theocracy. His name has always been revered among the Jews.
3. Our third consideration is that no prayer is true prayer unless it is offered in the filial spirit. Some supplications are unfilial in their presumptuous boldness. Other supplications are unfilial in their servility.
Parallel VersesKJV: And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,