“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them” Numbers 20: 12

This was at the waters of Meribah where the people of Israel quarrelled with the Lord. God made this declaration out of the disobedient of Moses and Aaron.

The entire chapter began with the people of Israel complaining as usual for water. They needed waters and as you know, the people of Israel in the days of Moses are just too stubborn to understand anything.

One minute, they will recognise God’s supremacy and begged for forgiveness but the second minute, they will be back to complaining and murmuring. In fact, they wearied Moses with their endless cries.

I must tell you that the people of Israel in the Biblical days are classified trouble and every servant of God leading these people just need to be more patient, otherwise, they will make him sin against God.

That was exactly what happened in the above chapter. The Israelites arrived in the wilderness of Zin and then stayed in Kadesh, where Miriam, Moses sister, died. (Numbers 20:1) Then there was no water for them to drink.

The Israelites, as usual with their behaviours, began to quarrel with Moses and Aaron. They gathered against the two. I bet you can imagine the sort of insults they hurled at these humble men of God. Despite, Moses and Aaron kept their peace and went to God on these people behalf.
God Instructed Moses to TAKE his staff (rod) and COMMAND the rock, before the eyes of the Israelites, to bring forth water.

Instead, Moses and Aaron quiet right gathered the Israelites to assemble. Then he HIT the rock TWICE after he had insulted the people! (Numbers 20:10-11).

God did not instruct Moses to INSULT the Israelites. Also God did not tell Moses to HIT the rock twice. He simply ordered Moses to COMMAND water to come out of the rock.

Commanding means to TALK TO THE ROCK. But Moses made terrible mistakes while he thought he was fighting for God.

Watch out for the next concluding part of this post…..


Princess Ayelotan
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Published by Ehiyeh-sh’Ehiyeh

“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭

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