THE BOOK OF NIMBERS
WATER FROM ROCK STUDY
MERIBAH IN THE BIBLE EVENT
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THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
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, I 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.
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