Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
Water From Rock Study
Meribah in the Bible Event
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Water From Rock Bible study looking into the deLIGHTful Meribah
in the Bible Story and how the absolutely awesome Water From Rock
message affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Moses And The Water From Rock
Meribah in the Bible Explained
Every day is a great day to share some Daily Bread. We're following
the children of Israel today into the desert of Zin. It's the first
month of the fortieth year now, that the children of Israel have been
wandering in the wilderness. The Lord led them to a place called
Kadesh and Moses' sister Miriam died and was buried there.
At that time, there was no water for the people and they grew angry
again against Moses and Aaron. They criticized Moses, and
said, It would have been better if we died when our brothers died
before the Lord! Why did you bring God's people into this wilderness,
so we could die with our cattle out here? Why did you make us leave
Egypt to come to this evil place? It has no seed, or figs or vines or
pomegranates. There isn't even water to drink.
Moses and Aaron went to the door of the tabernacle and fell on their
faces. The glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord told
Moses, Take the staff and gather the people together, you and Aaron,
and speak to the rock so they can see, and it will give forth his
water so they and their beasts can drink.
Water From Rock Event
Water From Meribah in the Bible
Moses took the rod from before the Lord and he and Aaron gathered the
people together in front of the rock. Now, Moses' temper overtook him
and instead of speaking to the rock, as the Lord commanded him, to
show that the Lord provided the water, and giving God the credit,
Moses spoke to the people, and said, Listen now, you rebels; do we
have to bring you water out of this rock? And he lifted up his hand
an he struck the rock twice with the staff. The water came rushing
out and the people and their cattle drank.
This disappointed God and He told Moses and Aaron, Because you didn't
listen to me and honor me in the eyes of the children of Israel, you
will not bring them into the Promised Land. This is the water of
Meribah, because the children of Israel quarreled with the Lord and
He was holy in them. (If you remember back to the second time God's
people complained of no water, at the rock in Horeb, Moses called
that place Meribah, because it means dispute or quarrel.)
For forty years Moses and Aaron led these rebellious people through
the wilderness, looking forward to the Promised Land, and now they
won't be able to finish the journey because of what happened. Moses,
God's chosen man to lead His people out of Egypt, was, after all,
human too. It had to be crushing for Moses and Aaron and you just
know in their hearts, they were so sorrowful for what they had done.
Never, never take credit for something that the Lord does
through you. Always, always give credit to God. Peter says in
his first epistle, 1
Peter 4:11, if a man speaks, let him speak the message of God.
God gives man the ability to speak so that God may be glorified in
all things through Jesus Christ.
Water From Rock Lesson
Meribah in the Bible Miracle
Even though he wouldn't be going into the Promised Land, Moses still
had a job to do. He sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom
(remember, that's Esau's people). The message said, Your brother
Israel says, You know all the trouble that's happened to us. How our
fathers went down into Egypt and we have lived in Egypt for a long
time. The Egyptians tormented us and our fathers. When we cried to
the Lord, He heard our voice and sent an angel. He has brought us out
of Egypt and now we're in Kadesh, on your outer border. I ask that
you let us pass through your country. We won't pass through the
fields or through the vineyards or drink the water from your wells.
We'll stay on the kings highway and not wander from it until we have
passed your borders.
Edom answered, You will not pass by me or I'll come against you with
the sword. The children of Israel tried to negotiate saying, We'll
take the highway and if I or my cattle drink your water, I'll pay for
it. We only wish to pass through your land on foot and nothing else.
Edom answered again, You will not go through, and he came out against
Israel with force. So Edom refused to let Israel pass through his
land and Israel went a different way from Kadesh to mount Hor at the
edge of the land of Edom.
The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron there and said, Aaron will be
gathered to his people (meaning, he will die). He won't enter into
the Promised Land because you went against my word at the water of
Meribah. Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up into mount
Hor and take Aaron's garments and put them on Eleazar, then Aaron
will die there. Moses did what the Lord said, and when God's people
saw that Aaron was dead, the entire congregation of the house of
Israel mourned for him for thirty days.
Water From Rock Summary
Meribah in the Bible Conclusion
So, it was a very sad time for Moses. He lost both his brother and
his sister and his chance to enter the Promised Land. But he didn't
lose his integrity. We all do things we wish we hadn't, but that
doesn't mean we're less of a person than we ever were. We're human,
Moses was human. Everyone makes mistakes. As long as we don't use our
humanity as an excuse to premeditate something unrighteous, or take
up a moment of our life pitying ourselves, then we can get right back
up on our feet and move forward. Regret? That's part of repentance.
If we didn't regret, then we'd be headed for trouble, but regret is a
lot different than pity.
As you saw, Moses didn't waste any time. Even though he couldn't go
into the Promised Land, things weren't over for him just yet. Come
back and join us again for more of our study of the book of Numbers
here at Daily Bread, and we'll see what happens to Moses and the
children of Israel next.
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare