Numbers 19:1-20:29; Luke 1:1-25; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 11:8
The Israelite community pulled up in the Desert of Zin where they found it to be very dry–as in–no water–whatsoever!
By now you’d think that after all they’d seen and heard God do they would have asked Moses to plead to the Lord for them–to please provide water for them and their livestock–and they would have seen God do so.
But no…“the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses.”
By now you’d think that Moses would have developed a pretty thick skin and would not be moved by yet more complaints from this group of wanderers.
Well…Moses did start out with the right response–he fell down before the Lord and listened to His instructions: “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out water.” Numbers 20:8
But no…this is where Moses lost it–where he veered from the Lord’s command–where Moses rebelled. “and Moses said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out and the community and their livestock drank.” Numbers 20:11
Moses, at his wit’s end, broke faith with the Lord, and because of it he would not be allowed to set foot in the Promised Land. Because Moses failed to show that God is holy and mighty by just speaking a word, he would not step one foot into the Land long awaited.
Our human nature cries out–poor Moses! After all he had to put up with and endure leading those stubborn, wayward people–surely God would overlook this one temper tantrum of Moses.
But no….God is Holy. Rebellion just won’t do no matter what or by whom. He didn’t tolerate then and He doesn’t tolerate it now.
Thankfully, God sent His Son Jesus before He was at His wit’s end.
Lord God, you are Holy and most worthy of praise. We thank you that you never change–your standards never change–your love does not change. We thank you for your Son who bore our rebellion on the cross, enduring the shame and suffering for our sake. Such sacrifice is beyond our understanding.
Lord grant us a love and passion for the those who don’t know You. May we pursue them with the life giving message of Salvation. We ask this for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
“For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.” Psalm 56:13