Unbelief Is The Root
Read Numbers 20:1-13
Did you catch what is going on in the narrative?
Why doesn’t this generation of Israel get to enter into the land?
At first glance you would think that it’s because Moses hit the rock, but let’s look closer.
You see God gave specific instructions on how to bring the water out of the rock (Num 20:8). But instead Moses did almost the direct opposite of what had God commanded (Num 20:10-11).
He spoke to the people instead of the rock and what makes this oddly comical is that he hit the rock not once, but twice.
I can only imagine the scene.
Moses and Aaron commanding all the people to come around and watch what they were going to do. But in the process Moses called the people rebellious sinners and was about to take credit for what was about to be done. So after a big introduction Moses goes to hit the rock to make the water come out. But nothing happens so you can assume that’s why he hit it again.
There are so many ways in this passage that Moses messed up.
But God was concerned not about the outward actions but the root of those actions.
It seems like the reason why Moses went through all of the theatrics of getting the water out of the rock was because he did not believe in what the Lord would do.
The same goes for this generation of Israel. As you can see in the beginning of the passage the people came complaining to Moses about how God had deadly plans for them.
God made a promise to Abraham, that he would bring his people into the promised land and that they would be a blessing to many nations. God had promised that he would provide for his people and that he would deliver his people. Has God ever failed them? No!
The only thing that God requires here is that they have faith and obey.
He wants his people to believe in him. To believe that he will provide. To believe that he comes through on his promises and have faith that the Almighty God of the Universe knows what he’s doing.
So how does this apply?
We need have reevaluated how we view our sin.
Sinin is rooted in something deeper than just an acton. Sin is rebellion against the Lord.
As we sin we need to ask ourselves; why are we not trusting in the Lord and believing that He is good? We need to believe that other things and our own preferences won't satisfy us more than he can.
God wants his people to believe in him, to exalt him and declare him holy.
There is good news to the seemingly bleak passage. That good news is Jesus. Jesus here is the better rock.
The people were thirsty and the Lord provided water, but they would thirst again. That rock could not completely satisfy but Jesus can. Jesus took all of our sins and was beaten for our disobedience. He took the wrath that we deserved from our holy and righteous God. His blood was spilled so that we could be covered and declared blameless.
Jesus is so much better.