Please read Numbers 19, 20, and 21. Wow – another big day. Come on back and let’s visit. Here’s what I am thinking about this morning:
Yesterday, MANY people were put on notice: they would not enter the promised land because of their disobedience. Today, we see our leader enter the same circumstance.
God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. (19:7 MSG)
Easy enough, right? Maybe not….
Moses took the staff away from God’s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?” With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank. 19:9-11 MSG)
In front of the whole congregation – don’t miss that. Moses doesn’t speak to the rock – he struck it. This wasn’t a matter of the outcome – the people still received the water they so desperately needed. This was a matter of reverence for the Lord. The people needed that example in addition to the water, maybe more than the water.
God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.” (19:12 MSG)
Because Moses disobeyed, he would not enter the promised land. However, as you continue with Moses on this journey, please notice this: Moses did not stop leading God’s people, nor did he stop his relationship with God. Not entering the promised land was a consequence of his own actions. Moses continued in his purpose of leading the people to their promise, in spite of this consequence.
Consequences are meant to TRAIN us, not STOP us.