Numbers 20; 27:12-23
We’re all sinful and need God’s grace.
Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Numbers 20 shows us that even Moses was included in this list.
Since the Lord had called Moses to lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, he had been faithful to follow the Lord’s commands to the letter. Whatever the Lord said do, he did. He even interceded for the people on numerous occasions to stay God’s wrath.
Yet, here, we finally see Moses reaching a breaking point. After 40 years in the wilderness, he disobeys the Lord’s command. With the people yet again complaining about lack of water, Moses is instructed to speak to the rock. But, instead of speaking, he strikes the rock twice. The result? He and Aaron are also disqualified from entering the Promised Land.
Why? He had trampled on God’s holiness and stopped acting in faith. He disobeyed, proving himself just as sinful as the rest of Israel. And, God’s justice & holiness could not allow him to enter the Promised Land. Moses was no longer in a position to intercede on behalf of the people, and he had no one to intercede for him.
This is why we need Jesus. God calls us to holiness, but we cannot live that life without his work and the indwelling Holy Spirit we are given at regeneration.
Today, think about Moses. How does Moses’ sin make you evaluate your walk with God?
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