Today you should read: Numbers 20:1-13
As we read this passage, we should not be surprised at Israel’s complaints against God. They do this all the time during their journey to the Promise Land and there are consequences for this. Yet, here again, they are complaining about not having water and wishing they had never left Egypt (v. 2-5). It’s interesting because they are complaining about the lack of supplies, but if they had just been obedient since the beginning, they would already be in the land flowing with milk and honey.
So Moses and Aaron intercede for the people and God directs them on what to do (v. 6-8). The problem is that Moses is disobedient to God during this time. Moses strikes the rock twice, but God had commanded him to tell the rock to give water. Moses was supposed to speak and water would then come out, but instead, he hit it twice. Because of this, Moses received a consequence for his sin. He was no longer going to bring the people into the Promise Land (v. 12b).
This must have been devastating news for Moses to hear. So why would he disobey the commands of God? Well, there is some speculation around these so let me just present them to you.
- Moses was angry.
- He was careless in listening to God’s commands at this specific moment.
- Moses was angry at God. In Exodus 17:6, God says to Moses, “I will stand before you there on the rock”. The suggestion is that Moses hit the rock knowing the presence of God was there.
Either way, I think there are several takeaways from this passage.
- Even the “greatest” Christians still sin. (Thankfully God is gracious)
- Sin brings about consequences.
- We need to check our motives when following God’s commands. (DO NOT BE CARELESS)
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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