August 3, 2020

Numbers 20:1-12–In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.  Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines, or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “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 its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

The children arrived at the Desert of Zin in the first month. Two things happened here which are very significant in the life of the children of Israel. Here the mother in Israel, Miriam, Moses’ sister gave up the ghost, and she was buried there. The second thing is that there was no water to drink and instead of pleading with the LORD to provide them with water, they quarreled with Moses and Aaron and started their normal disgruntled talk that provoked Moses and Aaron, These two men went before the LORD, faced down asking Him to provide a solution to their problem, The LORD told Moses to speak to the Rock and water would come out. Unfortunately, because they had already provoked him to anger, he spoke to the congregation “you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock”, and struck the rock twice with his staff. The judgment came immediately, the LORD said to them, “you will not bring them to the land of promise.”

Is it not becoming more apparent to us now that if we don’t do things according to His commandments we have committed an offense that is punishable. Moses has been persevering all along with the rebellious attitude of his people, but this time around, he could not control himself and was overtaken by the spirit of anger, and struck the rock contrary to the commandment of God. The lessons we can learn from here are one, nobody is above anger. The Bible says, “you can be angry but sin not.” You are asked to be in control of your anger. Calm yourself down before it pushes you to sin. You must remember that anger is dangerous, it is one letter away from danger. If Moses that has been doing everything according to the commandment of God since this journey began, could do it contrary to the commandment of God, I would say that anger is very risky. The second lesson is that you never know what the punishment would be, maybe it is a milder one or a serious one. Now we see it as a sentence of death to Moses and Aaron. They will never enter the promised land with them. This is an unfortunate incident to somebody who has been leading them from Egypt for many years.

Children of God, let us keep ourselves immersed in this awareness of avoiding “little foxes” that can make us lose the mark. Nobody knows the day of our home calling. We need to be constantly keeping ourselves in check so that that day will not meet us in sin. Our garment must always be made white and spotless daily. My prayer is that the LORD will uphold us to the end in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!

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