I have been reading in Numbers these past few days; when I got to the part about Moses disobedience to what God told him to do (because his anger, his ‘flesh’, rose up) and the consequences that followed, it really got me to thinking about my own life.
Let’s take a look at it today and break it down: Numbers, chapter 20
We all know that Moses met with God on a regular basis and the spoke friend to Friend. Moses was chosen by God to be a leader of His people and bring them out of captivity into the promised land. God trusted Moses to lead them according to what He instructed him to do. Moses had always been obedient . . . up until this chapter. Take a look (you may click the link above, or use your own Bible).
In verse 8 God tells Moses to SPEAK to the rock – commanding water to come out for the people. He was obedient to gather the people together, pick up his rod, but when it came to the rock, instead of speaking to it, he allowed his anger, his flesh to arise, and disobediently struck the rock twice!
Water did come forth. So, “what’s the big deal?” you may ask. The big deal was that is was NOT what God had instructed him to do.
As we go on further in our reading of this chapter we find out that there were dire consequences to that (little?) act of disobedience. Not only for Moses, himself, but for his brother, Aaron as well!
Yes, God was gracious to Moses and did allow him to ‘see’ the promised land from the mountain top prior to his death, but he was NOT allowed to enter in, or even continue leading him to lead the people in. And, Aaron also was stripped of his priestly garments, taken up to the mountain and died.
It’s hard enough to face consequences of our decisions that affect us, but to realize that our choices also affect those around us – mercy! That is a VERY heavy responsibility!
“But what he did, striking the rock instead of speaking to it, wasn’t all that bad! The end result was that water was brought forth for the people.” … this is what most of us reason … but God asked for a specific thing to be done, and it was NOT followed correctly. Moses allowed his anger to get in the way.
I wonder how often we allow we allow our ‘self’ (anger, rebellion, disobedience, doubt, etc.) to get in the way . . . and, I wonder how many people are going to have to (or already have) suffer (ed) due to my actions (or lack of action)?!
Abba Father, soften my heart, open my ears to HEAR clearly Your instructions and be quick to obediently do what you ask. I pray that you will keep my heart pure before You, always, and that I will be able to not allow my flesh to arise and cause dire circumstances for those around me – in Jesus Name, amen.
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