Numbers Chapter 20

30 Days of Prayer

Day 4

Pray for the body of Christ to give ourselves to apostolic priorities. Pray that we incorporate praying the “Tabernacle Plan” consistently: “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4)

Numbers 20

1Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

2And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

3And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!

4And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

5And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

6And 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.

7And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

8Take 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.

9And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

10And 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?

11And 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.

12And 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.

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

14And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

15How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:

16And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

17Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

18And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

19And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing anything else, go through on my feet.

20And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

21Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.

22And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.

23And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,

24Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

25Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:

26And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

27And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

28And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

29And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

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29 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 20

  1. I’m tired of the complaining of the Children of Israel and apparently so was Moses because he disobeyed the instruction of the Lord. He hit the rock instead of speaking to it and it brought death to his brother and his promise of entering into the promise land. Lord, forgive me for my complaining and disobedience. I don’t want to lose my promise or die a spiritual death. God has been too faithful for us to disregard his instruction. It only brings heartache to us and to the Lord.

    8Take 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.

    9And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

    10And 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?

    11And 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.

    12And 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.

  2. ANGER MANAGEMENT

    7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
    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.

    Moses has demonstrated at times incredible Leadership skills, submitting himself to the voice of GOD on many occasions; to bring Israel out of Egypt’s bondage, to bring them over the dried Red sea. However we see his frailty revealed here in disobedience to the voice that brought him through so many perils.

    GOD told to speak to the rock to receive the miraculous flow of water ou of the rock in the desert. GOD set Moses up for success and Moses disobeyed. Moses frustration with the people cost him and them.

    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.
    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.

    Apparently Moses 40 year ANGER MANAGEMENT class has now been forgotten. Moses partially obeyed GOD in taking the rod and the people to the rock; but severely disobeyed GOD when he smote the rock.

    PARTIALLY OBEDIENCE IS DISOBEDIENCE!

    As we see again disobedience cost Israel; missed another opportunity to live in a peaceful place.

    DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD IS A HOME-WRECKER!

    Father iPray today; “help me be obedient to your voice and respond by speaking to and not smiting, in JESUS name.

  3. 27And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

    28And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

    29And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

    Arron was of the old generation that would not be able to go into the promise land. It was a sin to to touch a dead mans body, and for this reason , Eleazar took his fathers garments. He had on his fathers garments to show Isreal that Arron was dead. Eleazar was now the “new Arron.” God was making preparations for the children of Isreal to move into the promise land. We sometimes wonder why God is allowing certain people to leave or stepping down. I believe its because God is put the people into position to be used and taking out those who might hinder the flow of God. I have seen it where God has allowed someone to step down ,and in return someone else that is right for that season to come in.

  4. This chapter talks about the cost of disobedience! Sometimes we read this and think “Wow, why couldn’t Moses and Aaron just believe?” But sometimes we too make things so much harder than they have to be. We let other things (anger, frustration, pride. desperation) distract/deafen us from God’s voice. We have to get a hold of that total and complete trust in God, that he is in control of all things.

  5. v8″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”

    The Israelites didn’t look to GOD for water, but provoke the man of GOD.
    Some people want blame the Pastor for everything that goes wrong. I guess that’s where the saying” The Buck Stops Here”
    came from.
    GOD said, “Speak to the rock and in anger Moses strike the rock. GOD had mercy sometimes even in our disobedience GOD will answer your prayer . HE will be good, kind, loving and gracious because HE LOVES us so much.
    Now we do not smite HIM. Our job is not to recrucify JESUS but to intercede and speak and pray to the heart that was broken for all of us today.

  6. No doubt Moses was angry when the congregation came to him demanding to know why he had brought them to this hard and treacherous desert. And even though God had provision (like always) for them, Moses was still angry enough at the people that it got in the way of his obedience to God. It seems he was having an extreme case of anger when even the presence of the Lord did not calm him down. As humans there can be times when life deals us blows that anger us and we feel we must vent it out!! However, allowing the anger to vent toward people we see defeats us and the ones we speak it to. Script says it is not a sin be to angry, but to not sin in our anger. Lord, help us to vent unto you and place people or circumstances into your hands so we do not sin in our anger. Help me be obedient to my Pastor even through the hard places he tells me to go and to not grumble or complain!

  7. Moses tried to negotiate and reason with the Edomite king. When nothing worked, he was left with two choices – force a conflict or avoid it. Moses knew there would be enough barriers in the days and months ahead. There was no point in adding another one unnecessarily. Sometimes conflict is unavoidable. Sometimes, however, it isn’t worth the consequences. Open warfare may seem heroic, courageous, and even righteous, but it is not always the best choice. At times, we should follow Moses’ example and find another way to solve our problems, even if it is harder for us to do.

  8. The Mercy of God

    V11 NIV Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out and the community and the livestock drank.

    I see the mercy of God in this verse . Moses in disobedience yet God brought forth the life-giving water.

  9. Follow instructions!

    Whether we are learning to bake a cake, teaching a bible study or praying for a soul to receive the Holy Ghost, we must follow what we have been instructed to do. As with Moses, not following directions may not change the outcome but there is a side of things that we do not see or may not be prepared to understand. Our leadership will not ask of us what we are not prepared to do. Leadership will provide us with the tools to perform the requested tasks. It is up to us to perform our duties properly with the tools provided.

  10. Because Moses disobeyed God not only was he forbidden from entering the promised land but so was Aaron. In one chapter the three main leaders of Israel were judged. Miriam died, Aaron Died, and Moses faced a fate unable to go into the promised land. Yet, as we will read later, the children of Israel did make it in.

    As leaders we have the responsibility to lead righteous lives, and follow God’s will. If we choose to slack off or break covenant, this church will still go on, and fort worth will be reached, unfortunately without us in it.

    We must lead in fear, awe, and respect of God.

    “lest ye be a castaway…”

  11. In this scripture, you can see the cost of disobiedance, or rebelling against the word of the Lord, and it is good not to anger the Pastor/Man of God, “Church” take notice, let’s keep our Pastor satisfied with our actions, and most difinately our Lord Jesus Christ, “talking to myself as well”, let’s try to both keep our God & our Pastor pleased, both can have high consequences, ask Aaron or Moses.

    12And 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.

    21Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.

    28And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

    Another observation, “Verse 21”, who is blocking you from being in the will of God? Or to get to the Promise Land?

    “Be Church”…ipray, iwork, igive, ireap, ilove….Mark A. Ridenour

  12. 20-26
    The beautiful image of death is found frequently in the O.T. It suggests an early conviction that death is not the end but when a person dies he or she is reunited with other members of the family.

  13. 6And 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.
    How many times did the lord affirm Moses authority, yet every time the people grumbled and complained, moses went back and fell on there faces. He didnt talk to god instead, he came to realy the complaints. I admire that he prayed about the situation, but I don’t think Moses caught the idea of what it meant to be a pastor. He didn’t make decisions, not because he was incapable but instead so that the effects of the decisions couldn’t be laid at his feet.

  14. Disobedience, stripped of garments, given to the next in line, death…

    A slippery slope.

    Just follow directions.

  15. 10And 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?

    11And 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.

    12And 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.

    Moses and Aaron both heard the word of the Lord, they both journeyed down the mountain to gather the people together, Moses smote the rock instead of speak to it, and so they were both punished, Moses to not see the promised land and Aaron with death.

    We must be careful who we are leading, and how we are leading them. There are many people say they are following the instructions of God, but they are leaving out important details, such as plan of salavation, holiness- separation, commandments that are clearly given in His word. And they are advising others that these are not essentials to our walk with God. I wouldn’t want to be in anyone’s shoes that has led people astray, thinking in their own minds they are doing what God said, when they are changing juist one important detail, that could cost them and those that are following them their souls.

    Lord help us to be obedient to every jot and tittle of the Word and commandments of God.

  16. Mosses in his anger he did not gave the glory to our God.
    God do not share his glory with nobody!
    We have to be careful! Everything we do we have to do for his glory and honor not for our glory!

  17. I believe that this shows that in doing things your own way instead of what the Lord tells us do will always bring destruction. Even though Moses loved the Lord he chose to smote the rock instead of speaking to it and the consequence of his action is that he lost his brother.It shows how obeying what the Lord lays on your heart is so important because you don’t know who’s life it will influence and have an effect on besides your own.

  18. 16And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

    When God hears the cry of his children, he will answer.

  19. Even in the midst of the fallout of Isreal’s rebellion and unbelief, we can see God preparing for their future entrance into the Promised Land. God is so faithful that even in the midst of our mess He works in the background to help pick up the pieces, waiting for us to turn to Him and take His hand again.

  20. Accepting Judgement Honorably

    Most people look down on Isreal because o their complaining and rebellion. When I get to thinking of the Lord’s people today, how much more differently would it of gone? Either 2 ways.
    1: Could you imagine no cell phone/ internet reception, no cars, no bathroom, no drive thru? We would need a serious adjustment too. One we like the Isrealites would have to accept.
    2: Accept the adjustment, become dependent and obedient to the Lord on everything. This is what the Lord was looking for all along. God wants to take us out of Egypt (sin) and lead us to the Promise Land (holiness) and the trip can be rocky or smooth, short or long. Depending on us.

    Aaron was commanded to go up the mountain, give up the priestly garments and relenquish his role as as high priest (Ex 29:29:30). He had defied God but bravely obeyed God as he, Moses, and Eleazer walked up the mountain, fully knowing that his earthly life would end. In the O.T. the phrase “gathered to his people” would mean that he died at a good old age. Sure he may have been old, but still incredibly brave to accept God’s judgement honorably. He didn’t run, he didn’t complain.

    fYi: Eleazear is also the same name of Abraham’s chief servant that helped unite Rebekah and Issac. Recycled Gen 24

  21. When we become angry at our own people and even our enemies we put a curse on ourselves. Only Jesus can have righteous anger because He is Righteous! When we heap blessing on all our enemies and our freinds in like manner then God is not bound by our unforgiveness and torment of our on ways. when we can still remember the bad of our past then we are still tormented. when we remember the good and let IT mold our lives then we will get somewhere!

  22. This cahpter illustrates to me mercy and judgment. mercy in the fact that as Sis Jane said he still brought forth the water for the congregation t survive even after Moss diobeyed him. If moses vould have just let God be God and not try to add to his word, What would have happened? Judgement in the fact that Miram and Aaron died in the wildrness and God said Moses would too. I pray we revear this illustration given us by the word today as we walk with God not to disobey him even in a way that doesnt look to be “so bad”. Those thing are what get us in trouble the most. We have to fallow God to his every word without steering away even in the slightest that would allow us to dishonor his word. Lord I pray that we hear your voice clearly and you would make your word greatly evident in our mind that we might always know your will for our lives.

  23. Moses obeyed God, only mostly, and it cost he and Aaron dearly. Not only did neither get to enter the promised land, but Aaron lost his life. As the man of God, great responsibilities lay on his shoulders to do only as God tells him without adding or taking away from what God says.

  24. This chapter illustrates consequences. “Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.” We must be vigilant in what we do and what we do not do, for there are consequences for our actions. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  25. Thank you Jesus for choosing me to be a part of POFW and a part of Leadership. I love you! I thank you for seeing me in this church as a family member. Thank you for answering my prayers when my mother and I were looking for a church you put us right where we should be and now dad is going too. Thank you Jesus, for such praying people of my church.

  26. Moses did something very close to what GOD told him to do, but it wasn’t quiet right though. I don’t want to be like Moses and wonder.

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