Your Answer:  Disobeyed God

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...and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  "Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink." 9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him; 10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?" 11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. 12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them." 13 Those were the waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel contended with the LORD, and He proved Himself holy among them.  Numbers 20:7-13 (NAS)

The Consequences of Moses' Disobedience

In verse 12 above, the Lord told Moses and Aaron that because of this, they would "not bring the assembly into the land" which God gave them (the promised land).

By Moses' disobedience, he broke faith with God:

"because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 "For you shall see the land at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel." Deuteronomy 32:48-52 (NAS)

Your Faith?

After leading the children out of Egypt and through the wilderness for nearly 40 years, Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land because of his disobedience to God at the waters of Meribah-kadesh.  If Moses had true faith in God, he would not have disobeyed.  Moses appears to have put his faith in himself and his own power to bring water out of the rock.  Rather than an obedient faith which would cause him to speak to the rock as God commanded...Moses and Aaron bragged to the people, saying: "we shall bring forth water" (vs.9)...and then he struck the rock (vs.10).

Do you have a faith which leads you to obey God's treat Him as holy in your life?  Or are you claiming to have faith, but refusing to do the things that God asks of you in the Bible?  Think about the answer to this question...then give your answer to God.

This lesson is only intended to be an introduction to the concept of faith as described in scripture.  Continue to study your Bible over and over...and cover to learn more about the faith we should have...and God's unending faithfulness toward us.

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