Week 3: Day 5- Numbers 20:12-13

12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.

Numbers 20:12-13

Explanation:

God told Moses and Aaron why he was holding them accountable by not letting them lead the people into the promised land.

  1. They did not trust God.
  2. They did not uphold His holiness in front of the people.

God was not being petty about striking the rock versus speaking to the rock. He expected to be obeyed, trusted, worshipped as holy, and magnified for His provision before the people. Moses, in his anger, failed to do this. He was disobedient. Yet God was gracious to provide the water. Even still, there were consequences.

Application:

The Explore the Bible curriculum says in application to the truth of this passage: “God holds us accountable for our actions. Regardless if we are provoked, emotionally drained, or physically exhausted, no excuse exists for a lack of faithfulness among leaders and followers alike. We are to represent our Lord well in this world.”

Response:

  1. Would you be comfortable with being imitated by those you influence this past week?
  2. Is there an area of your life that you need to be obedient in where disobedience is the pattern?
  3. Take a few moments to search your heart, and confess disobedience and unfaithfulness to the Lord.

Week 3: Day 4- Numbers 20:9-11

9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Numbers 20:9-11

Explanation

Here we see Moses’ outburst with the people. Several problems can be seen here.

  1. He struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it as God commanded.
  2. He took credit for the miracle.
  3. He let his anger get out of control.
  4. He was as bad as the people were in the attitude they displayed.

Ironically, he was upset at them for having a wrong attitude, and he displayed his displeasure with their attitude with a bad attitude. He was upset with disobedience, and he in responding he was disobedient.

It was natural for Moses to be frustrated with the sinful, disobedient, ungrateful attitude of the people he lead. The problem was that he displayed some of those same qualities but with pride as well. He began to think that he was the solution instead of God. Therefore, he began to take the credit. He assumed his anger was righteous even though it lead to disobedience.

Application

In trying to solve problems as a leader, we must not begin to think that we are the ultimate solutions to all of the problems. In trying to push God’s agenda where we lead we must become self righteous or arrogant. We must not arrogantly be angered. We must be lead missionally, scripturally, and humbly, while at the same time being bold and optimistic.

And most simply stated, we must obey God.

Response

  1. Have you ever responded to wrongdoing in kind? Unholy anger with unholy anger? Complaining with complaining? Laziness with laziness?
  2. Find a way today to lead those around you to do something scriptural.
  3. Is there an area where you are being disobedient? Stop! Repent! Do right!

Week 3: Day 3- Numbers 20:7-8

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

Numbers 20:7-8

Explain

Moses and Aaron had rightly and humbly come before God to ask for his help and seek a solution. God had responded with his presence, and He gave them an answer. God told Moses to speak to the rock. That was different than the last time where Moses had struck the rock (Numbers 17:5-7).

Moses had used his staff throughout Exodus and Numbers to part the red sea, turn the Nile to blood, prove his authority from God by making his staff turn to a serpent. Perhaps God asked him to speak to the rock instead of strike the rock so that he would remember that the staff was not supernatural or powerful in itself. The staff did not deliver, supply, or judge. God did. It, like Moses, was a vessel that God used and no more. This was true of the the staff, of Moses, and it’s true of us as well.

Apply

When God uses us to do good things in his name, it is He who does those things. We are vessels He may choose to use. We must remember who we are and who He is. When we do this, we will be more inclined to obey.

Respond

  1. Have you ever tried to take credit for what God is doing through you or around you?
  2. Take a few moments today to pray and ask God to keep you humble and to use you so that He gets glory.

Week 3: Day 2- Numbers 20:6

And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them.

Numbers 20:6

Explanation

Moses and Aaron responded to the rebellious, questioning response of their people by going to God humbly in intercessory prayer, seeking direction from Him. They didn’t know how to respond. God was gracious to them. He didn’t just give them an answer. He gave them His presence. This presence was described here as “the glory of the Lord”.

Application

Leaders who don’t know what to do (and even when we do know what to do) should value God’s solutions. It is right and necessary for godly leaders to get face down before the Lord. We should seek God’s answers in leadership. It is crucial that we glorify God, and when we follow God’s direction He will glorify Himself through our leadership. When we humble ourselves He will be exalted.

Response

  1. Do you spend time with the Lord, interceding for those you are called to lead, even when they are being difficult?
  2. Do you seek God’s direction in your leadership?