May 11, 2018

I just learned that a niece of mine was recently hired to represent a marketing company in Denver, Colorado. They were looking for someone  who was good looking, energetic, creative and possessing excellent people skills. That person would be rewarded with a good salary and bonus incentives. Apparently my niece filled all the blanks for them.

Numbers 20:7–12 (NLT) — 7 and the Lord said to Moses, 8 “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” 9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. 10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”

The people had just complained to Moses and Aaron that they were about to die because they had no water. As we have already seen in this journey it was not the lack of water that was going to bring death it was unbelief and rebellion that were the real killers. And now these two culprits were going to be the death of Moses and Aaron.

The Lord is looking for people who will represent Him with faith and obedience. And Moses and Aaron did neither and so the bonus of going into the Promised Land was not achieved.

God told Moses to speak to the rock and not to the people. Moses chose to speak to the people and he called them rebels which they were. But as God’s representative Moses gave the impression that God was judging them as rebels but he wasn’t. God was not angry He was about to show his people grace and mercy. He was going to give them water. We make a huge mistake when we judge other Christians. Our job is not to judge but to show grace and mercy and love them.

When it comes to ourselves it is not our job to judge either. Iain Duguid, “When we respond to our own sin by beating ourselves and judging ourselves as worthless people, we are acting as if we are our own judges. When we despair of ourselves in our ongoing struggle with sin, we are acting as if we are our own deliverers.” 

When God looks at us and his people He judges us and them ‘not guilty’ because of what Jesus has done. He even calls us saints, holy people and ‘my children’. And remember that where sin abounds grace abounds more.

Instead of speaking to the rock he hit it and he made it sound like he was the one giving the water, like he was their deliverer instead of God. Two things to note here. He didn’t give God the Glory for providing the water and he hit God! Yikes!

Look how the Bible describes God.

Genesis 49:24 (NLT) — 24 But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

Deuteronomy 32:4 (NLT) — 4 He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!

Isaiah 17:10 (NLT) — 10 Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you. You have forgotten the Rock who can hide you. So you may plant the finest grapevines and import the most expensive seedlings.

1 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) — 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.

You see the first time God told Moses to hit the rock and water would pour out. That symbolized God through Jesus taking the hit for our sins and the refreshing water of salvation poured out. But God doesn’t need to be hit again it was a onetime for all sacrifice. By hitting the rock again it was like saying that the first time wasn’t enough!

So Moses and Aaron were exactly what they called the people > rebels. And they had the same attitude of unbelief as the people which was shown by their disobedience to God. Moses and Aaron both found out that unbelief and rebellion are killers and they keep us from obtaining the promises of God.

Our Lord is far more gracious than we believe him to be and he is far more gracious than we deserve. In light of all this let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us represent the Father well. Let’s ask Him to help us extend the same grace, mercy and love that he has extended to us. And let us also extend the same grace, mercy and love to ourselves:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Well wrtten. Thank you.