Miriam has died.
Israel is thirsty.
Once again, they complain. (There’s a surprise!)
Numbers 20 begins to wind down with the continued revelation that God himself and God alone is the God of his people.
Moses and Aaron take the thirst complaint to God and Moses is told to tell a rock to give the people water and it would.
Moses goes back to the people and says “here now you rebels: shall WE bring water for you out of this rock?”
Seems Moses is annoyed. It appears that as the leader, he is forgetting who provides the water. He also did not speak to the rock as he was instructed but struck it with the staff.
Whatever is happening in the hearts of Moses and Aaron, only God knows.
He tells them though, so the rest of us can take note.
“Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land I have given them.”
I can’t help but feel for Moses.
He had faithfully led and served but now, will not see the promised land.
He didn’t follow the instruction. He credited himself and Aaron for providing the water and according to some commentaries, the water was representative of the future Christ. Striking the rock was as if striking Christ.
God is a very holy God. His commands and our actions mean
According to Numbers 12:3 Moses was the most humble man on earth. If this situation could befall him, then surely I must examine myself.
Questions for me:
Do I follow God’s instructions or do things my way?
Do I take credit for that which belongs to God?
I observe from this that God will accomplish his will and purposes in whomever he likes for whatever season he chooses.
It never is about the leader (except what He learns about himself in relationship to God) but rather the one who works through him.
Sometimes leaders are used by God to pave a new path, but not to bring the people to the promised land.
I cannot set my eyes on myself, I cannot set my eyes on others. I must set my eyes on following the one who is ultimately in charge.
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up”