Numbers Chapter 20

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Numbers 20

1 Then 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.

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

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

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

5 And 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

16 And 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:

17 Let 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.

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

19 And 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.

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

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

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

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

24 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.

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

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

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

28 And 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.

29 And 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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47 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 20

  1. 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.

    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.

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

    Amen lord God does great things always.

  2. Verses 11-12 AMP “Then Moses raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded]. And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank [fresh water]. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore [b]shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Some may say “I would have never disobeyed like Moses”; but, every time we try to do our own thing or complain things aren’t going the way they should (so we think) instead of trusting in God’s time and manner…..we are doing the same thing. Lord help us to follow Your will and Your way as Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. [a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”

  3. 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.

  4. iLove to Grow in the Word

    “Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.”
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Preachers beware; it is possible to preach a great message to the congregation that will spiritually water the flocks of God and yet still be out of the obedience and submission of God. The whole congregation could be abundantly filled with Living Water and 5 million could receive the Holy Ghost and the preacher (like Moses) could be rebuked by God.

    The best thing we could ever do in life is to simply do the will of God. If we do that, we will, in the end, lead the congregation into the promise land.

  5. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the LORD, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. (‭Numbers‬ ‭20‬:‭12-13‬ NLT)

    When our eyes are focused on what we don’t have, we leave the door open to complain and rebel against GOD. It will steal your blessing and keep you from the promise land.
    As an individual we must master our emotion that desires what the flesh immediately wants!!
    We are not to dwell in the wilderness, but obtain the promise land that The Lord desires for his children.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NLT)

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

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

    We can’t let ourselves believe that we are the only one God can use; if we get so full of ourselves that we think we can do what we want or even do what God said to do but do it our own way, He can raise up someone else who will be obedient and replace us at any time.

  7. Numbers 18
    1 And the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
    2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
    3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
    4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
    5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

    They had been given orders, they had already been warned , it was just a matter of time (short time).
    GOD is faithful to HIS WORD. Whether we like the outcome or not HE IS STILL FAITHFUL!!!
    Thank you JESUS!!!

  8. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” (NLT)

    Not trusting God cost them a high price. We must follow His commands exactly as He says and remember that He will never leave nor forsake us. Just reading the last few chapters is enough for me to say lesson learned!

  9. 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.

    Impossible water.

    Have you ever come up to what seemed to be an impossible situation? And through it Gid brought out a blessing. I can say that this has happened to me. And WOW!!!! We serve a great God. Remember that even the impossible is possible for our God.

  10. 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.

    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.

    Disobedience to God’s Word always has consequences.

  11. “”So get Aaron and his son Eleazar. Take them up Mount Hor. Take Aaron’s official robes off him. Put them on his son Eleazar. Aaron will die on Mount Hor. He will join the members of his family who have already died.””
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:25-26‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    A good leader is always working themselves out of their own ministry opportunities. A good leader instructs and trains and is not demanding. 

  12. 24 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.
    25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:
    26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.
    27 And Moses did as the Lord commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
    28 And 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.

    Sometimes we have the need to be reminded of what sin will do to us.

    As a child, I would weight the consequences to see if the crime would be worth the time, and I still see the same thought today, raising their heads, trying to tempt me. Today, however, we have seen the slippery slope that sin brings, causing one to backslide, and have only begun the rough climb back. The public stripping of Aaron and the public raising up of Eleazar, let everyone know who their “go-to guy” would be, but also served as a warning to the entire congregation as to not rebel, because God can easily replace you.

    Today we need to keep that in mind. I have heard it said over and over ” If God can use a burning bush and a donkey, surely He can use me, because I have to fall in there somewhere.” The good and humbling thing about that statement is that we should all fall in there somewhere…

  13. 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.

    7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying
    I love that how when Moses and Aaron was in a great moment of the stress and pressure they fell on their faces to God in prayer. When it seems like everyone was against them they did not run away they did not cower they simply went to God and God gave them an answer. when we find ourselves in these type of situations we must learn to fall on our faces before God and let God give us his answer.

  14. 28 And 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.

  15. Children of God. Never having enough faith to truly trust their man of God and the Lord. Called Rebels because they always came against them and always wanted to go back to the easy life. Egypt.

    “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?”
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  16. Simple Obedience.

    “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.”
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:12‬

    I am sure we have all had experience with disobedience; with our children, spouses, co-workers, etc… How much easier would life if we all obeyed as directed? Even as an adult we are presented with many opportunities to disobey. Recently, I was talking with a fellow POFWian and they were telling me they were instructed to do a particular task in a particular way. They did not believe it was the best way to accomplish this task but decided it better to obey than do their own thing. I praised that persons choice!!

    Sometimes we may never know the extent of the the damage that may result from our disobedience; especially when we are dealing with Kingdom duties.

  17. Follow Instructions

    5 And 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    I empathize with Moses, it has to be hard to lead a congregation that see miracle after miracle but lacks faith. A congregation that insists in staying slave to sin than to be free through God. A congregation of complaints and rebellion. Can you imagine how the Pastor (Moses) felt? None the less, God gave him exact instructions he is to “speak to the rock”. Moses in his frustration, in his anger, or maybe he just wanted to get the congregation attention strikes the rock twice. Some of you may say: well he got the water to flow what’s the big deal? Or my favorite, there is more of one way to skin a cat. The problem is in the technique, in the details, God pays attention to the smallest details. Moses disobey God. How you may ask? The water did flow? You have no idea the ministries I have lost because I did not paid attention to the smallest details. Instructions are there to help even today, those horrible instructions that come with some electronic, or like when my dad put things together and there was that extra screw that he would say “oh is not important” and 2 weeks later he was mad because it stopped working, why? Because that tiny screw was important. Moses paid a very large price for his tiny screw. After helping liberate his people, after wondering the desert all this years, and seeing the promise land so very close, he will not lead his people into the promise land and he will not put his feet in the promise land. What promises God have given you that you have been unable to step in because you did not follow the instructions correctly. We can sit here for hour and discuss back and forth that he was justified because he lead difficult people, that anyone in his place would of done the same thing. Yes, some of us have done the same thing and guess what we have paid the same price we lost our promise. I can only pray that through repentance God may see fit to restored that promise and I pray that at that moment I will follow step by step the instructions given. May the Lord hear our prayer and restore the promises that we have lost. In Jesus Name Amen

  18. 5 And 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.

    The people complained about being in the wilderness but they themselves rejected the plan of God to enter into their promised lands. Moses was correct in calling them rebels, but he obeyed Gods command to speak to the rock for their water by striking the rock twice. God holds both Moses and Aaron accountable for this act done in anger towards the rebellion of the people. In leadership we may find that we are given specific instructions to follow and while we might obey, it is the attitude we have and display that is also important. Those that follow us will see & think about our attitude and God gets no glory in our obedience. Get your attitude right with God, then obey! Prayer changes us most of the time vs our changing our situation.

  19. 2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

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

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

    5 And 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.

    Just because where you stand, you can not see any water or seed or fruit does not mean God has forgotten his promise, He has not left up to die.

    Complaining doesn’t give us the needs of our hearts but only the wants of are hearts.

  20. Numbers 20:9
    And Moses took the rod from before the lord as he commanded him.

    We must do what the lord commands or we would be lost with out him. Grow with Jesus Amen

  21. LEADERSHIP 101

    2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
    3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!
    4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

    A great question to ask ourselves in every challenge, dilemma or situation.

    “Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?”

    We witness a perfect example of this principle here.

    A valid challenge(problem): NO WATER

    An uncalculated response: CHODE with Leadership

    Chide – to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke
    :to voice disapproval to :reproach in a usually mild and constructive manner :scold

    An unwise accusation: YOU have brought us here to DIE

    MSG
    2-5 There was no water there for the community, so they ganged up on Moses and Aaron. They attacked Moses: “We wish we’d died when the rest of our brothers died before God. Why did you haul this congregation of God out here into this wilderness to die, people and cattle alike? And why did you take us out of Egypt in the first place, dragging us into this miserable country? No grain, no figs, no grapevines, no pomegranates—and now not even any water!”

    Leadership 101 is the fact that Leaders cannot control everything. GOD does.

    There are occasions that GOD will bring us to challenges to:

    1. Test the Leader.
    2. Grow the follower.
    3. Build the FAITH of the people.

    Prayer is the very most important aspect of Leadership. We must FIRST find out what GOD is doing.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  22. Numbers 20:8, 11-12, & 24
    8) Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak 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.

    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 if Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

    24) 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.

    Two great men of God lost out in entering into the Promised Land because of Disobedience, Unbelief, and Rebellion.

    The scriptures that came to mind as I read this chapter today is 1 Cor. 10:11-12, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standers take heed lest he fall.”

    No matter how strong you may think you are Take Heed, Be Careful, because one act of Disobedience, Unbelief, or Rebellion can keep you out of the Promised Land, (Heaven).

  23. 1 Then 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.

    We need to teach our children about God, and how to pray so when they grow up they already know how to pray and worship God so they can go and teach other people about God!!

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

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

    We can’t let ourselves believe that we are the only one God can use; if we get so full of ourselves that we think we can do what we want or even do what God said to do but do it our own way, He can raise up someone else who will be obedient and replace us at any time.

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

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

    Being a leader is not being better than anyone else, but leading others to God and showing them what a true relationship with God is. And to do that you must first have obedience and be submitted to the man of God.

  26. 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!”

    The power of hunger pains! Once hunger kicks in, one will start to have headaches, pains and complain. The bible only mentions a few times the Israelites complained to Moses about being hungry. I can only imagine, that it occurred several (or hundreds) of times while going through the wilderness. Moses had great patience, prayed daily and continued to obey God.

    They would not make it through the wilderness until they fully trusted God. Until trust, faith, and obedience is reached, that’s when God would bring them out of the wilderness.

  27. 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.

    Moses had done so much for God and leading his people through the wilderness. But because of his one act of disobedience, God forbid him from leading the people into the Promise land. We have to be careful and vigilant of our actions, we may be one of the obedient servants of God, but one act of rebellion can set us back in our walk with God.

  28. Number 20:12 NLT ♡ But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel. You will not lead them into the land I am giving them psalm 37:40 and the lord shall help them and deliver them he shall deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in him

    -Trust
    -We Must trust in the lord for nothing is to hard and to big for god
    -Luke 1:37 for with god nothing shall be impossible

    -Philippines 4:13

  29. 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.

    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.

    It takes more effort to move out side of God’s instructions, if he would have spoke like he was told to, he would have only had to speak once, and he would have went to the promise land, and maybe Aaron wouldn’t have lost his position. LORD HELP ME!

  30. Moses was told to “speak” to the rock, but because of his frustrations with the people he “smote” the rock instead and this kept him from receiving the promise o entering the promised land.

    How many times are we disobedient in what God instructs us to do? We must be careful because it could keep us from inheriting eternal life.

  31. Time To Make a Decision
    Numbers 20:12
    We learn something invaluable about leadership at the expense of Moses in Numbers 20. By this point Moses felt weary of the complaining, the stagnation, and the lack of progress among the people. He was running on empty. And in his weakened condition he made a decision that cost him his future.
    Directed by God to speak to a rock in order to get water for the nation, in anger he struck it. He reacted in the fury rather than obeying with poise, and for his disobedience he was barred from entering the promised land. This sad incident teaches us at least two lessons. First, never make a major decision during an emotionally low time. Second, choose to be proactive not reactive, and your leadership. Don’t let your mandate come from the grumbling of the crowd. Get your cues from God and the mission He has given you. Ask yourself these questions:
    1. Am I a reactor or a creator when I lead?
    2.Do I play defense or offense when I lead?
    3. Am I a people-pleaser or a God-pleaser when I lead?
    4.do I boss my calendar, or does someone else choose where I give my time?

  32. 7 And Moses did as the Lord commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
    Moses had a relationship God but he did not always follow God’s commands. It is very important for us as we live every day to follow God’s commandments obedience is better than sacrifice.

  33. 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.

    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.

    It’s in the details

    There are many conditional commands in the Word, meaning you have to do this to have that. Even salvation to a point is conditional, it require a response by the one it is presented to. Example, if I tell you I will give you $1,000 if you meet me at the bank on Monday at 8am, it’s a free gift and we didn’t have to earn it, but it still requires you to be present at the bank on Monday at 8am. If you don’t meet that requirement even thou it is free and you didn’t earn it, you have to respond by being at the bank at the right time.

    Same as giving offering, God says He will bless the joyful giver, you can be blessed if you rejoice before Lord when you give your offering. Don’t expect a blessing without these conditions being meet.

    So many times obedience is the “got ya”. We do not like to be told what to do, even as children we tend to have a rebellious attitude. Let us becareful to follow Gods word to the details, we will bring blessing and not cursings.

  34. Numbers 20:12

    12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”

    Moses refusal to speak to the rock wasn’t out of anger, or because he forgot. In fact God revealed Moses’ heart when he told him why he would not lead them into the promised land.

    Moses did not trust God that water would come out by speaking the word.

    Because they were so high in leadership this mistrust would have spread like a poison to the rest of the people. God allowed water to come out despite Moses and Aaron’s disobedience.

  35. 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.
    Don’t stray from God’s commands. Nothing good will come from doing so.

  36. 24 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.

    It is dangerous having a rebellious brother. This is a great punishment. I’m not sure I could bear it. You are disobedient and it causes your brothers life. We have to be careful of who we are tied up with. Know them that labor among you. It could be deadly.

  37. “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.” The word of God (Jesus) identified what cost them, however one should also consider who and what had a part (murmuring). One may not always agree or understand why, however one would be much safer to take it to God (Judge) in prayer. Dear God, help us to listen more and learn to kneel more before you. May God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  38. “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.” There was a price for rebellion then, just as there is today. The Lord said Aaron would die, which his flesh did. Although the flesh may not die today, consideration should be given about the soul. God help us to see rebellion has a high price that we may not physically see, in Jesus name.

  39. How hard is it to trust?

    “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. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 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? 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. 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.”
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:7-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Trusting the Lord enough to follow through with what He says to do is not leads easy. Anger and selfish prided often get in the way. When we use our small minds we often forget and lose focus on Him. We must realize that He always knows what He is doing, even when we don’t.

  40. Aaron and Moses lack of trust kept them out of the promise land. In the New Testament trust is interchangeable with faith. (Pistis translates as faith, belief, or trust.) our society misconstrues belief with what biblical belief is. It is not simply an idea of something to be true. It is rather a hope and a trust that something is true. Belief in God is not biblical belief if there is no trust.

  41. 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.

    As a leader my choice to be obedient could cause me to miss out on partaking of a promise. Obedience and submission is a “heaven or hell issue”

  42. 2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

    They were against Moses and Aaron again because there was no water and because they were in the wilderness they felt they were going to die. They didn’t trust in God so they complained even more. If they would only speak faith and trust in God they would of gotten their miracle just like God intended.

  43. 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.

    Evey little word counts when it comes to the Kingdom of God. These were the Leaders of Israel at the time and just a simple ill do it this way…cost them a lot. We should be cautious and considerate of what is asked of us. We should always remember that obedience is better than sacrifice. And even in our emotions, since we can infer by Moses’ words and actions that he was angered or upset at the congdegation, we should keep ourselves in check and always ask oursleves that which was asked of us and make sure to do it. A lot can be lost in one simple word.

  44. God is a holy God, he will not allow any sin to go unpunished- even that of his chosen leaders. At the Tent of Meeting, the Lord clearly tells Moses to speak to the rock, promising that water for the people will come forth. Instead, Moses strikes the rock- possibly with Aaron’s support, since we know that both sin and both are punished (Nu 20:12,24). The exact nature of the men’s rebellion remains uncertain. We do know that they disobey God’s orders, exhibit a lack of faith, and dishonor the holiness of God. They may have began to see themselves as Isreal’s providers, trusting in their own strength and claiming God’s glory for themselves (Nu 20:10). Certainly, Moses, in his anger, speaks easily. (Ps 106:32-33). We can trust God, in his infinite and superior wisdom, and disciplined fairly.

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