POOR MOSES! The following rebuke always seemed so harsh to me, “Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”” Numbers 20:12 NKJVThere are multiple commentaries on Moses’ sin and why he was greatly punished. I have studied it and have come to the following conclusion: it points to disobedience and indiscretion; to such disloyal conduct and language as to produce a bad impression upon the people (of God), and did not place God’s character before them in its true light.
The want of belief with which Moses stood charged was not a want of faith in the power of God, but a want of obedience to the will of God, bearing in mind that the two faults of disbelief and disobedience are but two sides of the same coin, and are perpetually confounded in the language of Scripture. What then was the disobedience of Moses?
It is true that Moses struck the rock twice instead of (or perhaps in addition to) speaking to it; but God had bid him take the rod as other times. It was the fact of the bad impression of God that was made upon the people which was the ground of the harsh rebuke. There is a simple conclusion expressed by the Psalmist (Psalm 106:32, 33), that Moses lost his temper, and in the irritation of the moment spoke and acted in such a way and in such a spirit as to dishonor his Master, as the above records; Moses did not hallow God before the people. “To whom much is given, much is required”.
Moses’ job was to reveal to the people the nature and character of God. He was to hallow His name before the congregation of Israel. And so Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven, HALLOWED be Thy name”. I did a daily awhile back on “taking God’s name in vain”. It’s not just saying that one bad curse word. Taking his name in vain is doing a thing in His name but not honoring Him with our words or actions, such as coming to worship in His house and leaving to go back into the world. His name is to be honored in us, among us and through us to those around us. Enter the above situation with the great leader Moses. Hear the words of our Lord to Moses, “you did not HALLOW Me in the eyes of the children of Israel”.
Are you honoring the Lord in your walk? Are you claiming to be in Christ but look like the world? Is every picture of you partying and drinking? Women, are you revealing your body parts that should be covered? Men, are you loving your wife as Christ loves the church? Parents are you training your children in God’s Word? Singles, are you saving yourself for your spouse? Not living in sin, but in purity? These are things that honor and hallow His name— in us, through us, among us and to those around us. And remember Moses. The next time you get frustrated with a situation, you might want to take a time out and remove yourself until you compose yourself. #runyourrace
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