After leading the children of Israel for forty years through the wilderness, Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land, but only to view it from Mt. Nebo just before his passing, because in anger he smote the rock to receive the waters rather than to lovingly invoke them and receive them. And although he liberated the Hebrew people from Egyptian slavery, Moses did not balance his threefold flame, for his service was lacking in the quality of joy. His pink plume of divine love did not match the fiery intensity of his devotion to the will of God.
- Num. 20:3–12.