CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 50

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 20:8  “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.”

In the course of the journey of the children of Israel they got to the desert of Zin. This was a place without vegetation and water. Once again, the children of Israel started murmuring, against Moses. They complained about a lot of things asking for water to drink on a desert

Moses and Aaron went to the tabernacle of meeting and prostrated before the Lord. The presence of the Lord descended and He spoke unto Moses. The Lord asked him to take his rod, get to the rock and speak to the rock to give out water. Moses did as the Lord commanded. He went with the congregation and the rod of the Lord in his hands. When he got to the rock, he said “….ye rebels must we fetch you water out of this rock”. He then lifted the rod and smote the rock twice. Water gashed out of the rock and the people drank.

Although water came, out for the people to drink, the Lord was not pleased with Moses. He told Moses, you have not sanctified me before the people and because of this you would not enter the promised land although you would see it.

This was a very sad development to Moses story. He had achieved so much, suffered so much and was poised to enter the promised land but this turn of events. Moses was a very meek man yet the continual pestering of the people built in him an anger and dislike for them. This could happen to anyone if we do not learn to depend on the Lord and cast all our cares and hurts unto the Lord. Certain marriages or relationships may break up after so many years, and people may not understand why it got to that end. There are hurts that have not been resolved over all these years. If hurts are not thrown away, they would soon create a feeling of pain anytime you see that partner. The only taught that would make you feel satisfied is to get him or her out of your life. Do not keep hurts. Talk over issues and forgive in sincerity. If huts are not properly dealt with, they would always result in a violent reaction, causing much pain and destruction.

 The other lesson is that, the end does not always justify the means. Water came but God said he was not pleased with Moses. The Lord asked him to speak to the rock to release water, but he hit the rock twice. Make sure what you are doing is according to divine instruction. Don’t look for results at the expense of due order. The Lord would not break His eternal principles. Fame, money and even miracles does not justify God’s approval. Always remember, not all who say Lord are accepted with him.

 Only those who do the will of God.

 PRAYER

I pray for all marriage couples to learn to forgive in truth and that every child of God would do things according to God’s order.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Timothy 2:5 “And if a man also strives for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully”.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ” Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

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