The Consequences of Disobedience: Lessons from Moses’ Mistake

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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

This passage tells the story of when Moses, who is leading the Israelites in the wilderness, disobeyed God’s instructions and struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it, as God had commanded him. As a result of his disobedience, God tells Moses that he will not be allowed to enter the promised land with the Israelites.

This is a powerful reminder of the consequences of disobedience. Moses was a leader, a prophet and a great servant of God, yet he disobeyed God’s instructions and as a result, He was not allowed to enter the promised land. This teaches us that disobedience doesn’t only affects us but also those around us, and even future generations.

Moses disobeyed God’s instructions in a moment of anger and frustration. He was angry with the Israelites for their constant complaining, and he was frustrated by the difficult journey they were on. It’s easy to let our emotions get the better of us and make mistakes, but this story is a reminder that even in those moments, it’s important to remain obedient to God’s instructions.

Moses disobeyed God’s instructions, not only because of his emotions, but also because he didn’t trust in God’s power and he wanted to prove his own power, by striking the rock twice. This can also be seen as a reminder that disobedience can come in different forms, such as lack of trust and trying to prove our own power.

This passage teaches us that disobedience has consequences, and it can come in different forms, such as lack of trust, trying to prove our own power, and acting out of emotions. It’s a reminder that it’s important to remain obedient to God’s instructions, even in difficult moments, and to trust in His power.