Surely we've all heard of Moses? But my question to you, is, "Who was, Moses? Well, The WORD of The LIVING GOD, tells us, that Moses was frustrated." He was angry." He was tired." Yes, tired of being blamed for everything!" Year after year, Moses had gotten the people through one disaster after another. He was continually interceding on their behalf to keep them out of trouble. But all Moses got for his efforts was more grief and sorrow. "Finally, in exasperation, he said, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this ROCK?”
Let me share the entire account with you, and get your thoughts on who Moses, really was!" Numbers 20:2-13 reveals the account, like this, saying: Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.
And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before The LORD!
Why have you brought up the assembly of The LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? [They then, had the audacity to ask Moses this question]
And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink." So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the Tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And The GLORY Of The LORD appeared to them. Then, The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron, gather the congregation together. [Now please," pay close attention to The LORD'S instruction] Speak to the ROCK before their eye's, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the ROCK, and give drink to the congregation and their animals." So Moses took the rod from before The LORD as HE commanded him.
And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the ROCK; and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you from this ROCK?"
Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the ROCK twice with his rod; [Now wasn't Moses instructed, to speak to the ROCK? But instead, did Moses strike the ROCK two times? Yes, he did!"
Moses' disobedience, brings to mind Romans 5:20 : Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound; but where sin abounded, GRACE abounded much more. The GRACE of GOD, is much bigger!"
Thus, Numbers 20:11 continues by saying]: and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not Believe ME, to hallow ME in the eye's of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them." This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with The LORD, and HE was hallowed among them.
So who was Moses, Beloved?" A powerful man of GOD?"
That suggestion might sound preposterous, but it wasn’t. Forty years earlier, the previous generation had the same complaint: no water. So GOD told Moses to strike the ROCK with his staff. When Moses obeyed The WORD of The LIVING GOD, water gushed out, plenty of water. When the grumbling started again so many years later, Moses did the thing that had worked for him before. But this time it was the wrong thing to do! Why?" Because The LORD had clearly instructed Moses to "speak to the ROCK."
You see, Moses had told the Israelites all their years of wandering in the wilderness. We will do what GOD tells us to do. And through him. Moses, GOD would relay HIS message, and the people were to listen closely for HIS instruction. But unfortunately for Moses, he himself, had not done what he had advised the children of Israel to do. GOD had told him to speak to the ROCK, "not to hit it!"
Sometimes in exhaustion or exasperation, we don’t pay attention to The WORD of The LIVING GOD. "We assume." We think.
We surmise. But to do what we think we should, is simply not wise!" How many throughout the ages have assumed in regards to GOD;
"HE will always work the same way." But HE doesn’t. Sometimes HE tells us to act; sometimes HE tells us to speak; sometimes HE tells us to wait. So we must always be careful to listen before any action we take. With that said, let's consider Isaiah 43:19-21, and the new thing that GOD is about to do: Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field will honor ME,
The jackals and the Ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to MY people, MY chosen. This people I have formed for MYSELF,
They shall declare MY praise.
Isn't that what we will do, Beloved Brethren?" Isn't that what we will do? Even as 1st Peter 2:9-10 declares we should do, saying: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation, HIS Own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of HIM Who called you out of darkness and into HIS Marvelous LIGHT; who once were not a people but are now the people of GOD, who had not obtained MERCY but now have obtained MERCY.
And why have we obtained MERCY, Beloved Brethren?"
Because we Trust in the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST."
Our Beloved LORD, JESUS CHRIST!"
So who was Moses, Beloved?" He was a servant!"
Now, who are we? "Son's and daughters" of The LIVING GOD."
So now we can see, why Moses was not allowed to enter into the "promised land." Because John 8:35 assures us, saying: And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but The Son abides FOREVER.
And we are Son's, because we are in The Son of GOD.
We are in CHRIST.