To Fight or Not (8)

The promised Land Denied.

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Arron, ‘Because you did not trust me enough to show me as holy before the Israelite, therefore you will not bring this community into the land I have given them’” (Numbers 20:12, NET). What did Moses do; and why was it wrong? God’s chosen ones were in the desert where there was no water. Without it, no one could stay alive. So, the people complained. God instructed Moses and Arron to assemble the community by the rock God designated and to “speak to the rock and it will give you its water.” However, what did Moses do? “Then Moses and Arron gathered the community together in front of the rock, and he said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring water out of this rock for you?’ Then Moses raised his hand, and struck the rock twice with his staff. And water came out abundantly. So the community drank, and their beasts drank too.” (Numbers 20:10, 11, NET).

Moses, as we see above, did not relate to the people the proper message about God. The first wrong he did is, he did not present to the people God who loves them and cares for them. The Israelite were oppressed in Egypt so much that they almost forgot the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The second wrong is that Moses, because people made him angry, made it appear that it was he who, by striking the rock, will bring out the water that will preserve the life of the people. However, the water of life comes from God only. Another wrong Moses did he did not follow God’s instruction. God told him to “speak” to the rock, but Moses struck the rock. The most critical error that Moses committed was the misrepresentation of the gospel. The rock of our salvation could be struck by God only, and not by sinners who needed salvation. Also, Moses hit the rock twice; but, the “rock of our salvation” could be struck only once, and no more. The Savior of the world died once; He cannot die twice. It was God, not man, who gave up His “One and Only” so that the water of eternal life could flow from Father to all who believe

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Dan Lazich

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