- Numbers 20:1-13
- Exodus 1:15-2:4
- Exodus 2:5-6
- Exodus 2:11-15; Acts 7:23
- Acts 7:30-36
- Exodus 31:18; 34:27-28
- Deuteronomy 34:7
- Matthew 17:1-8
- God delivers the Israelites from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 1-14)
- God provides manna and water from a rock (Exodus 16-17)
- Moses receives the law at Mr. Sinai and the people worship an idol (Exodus 19-32)
- Spies sent into Canaan and the people rebel (Numbers 13-14)
- God pronounces judgment on the Israelites – death and wilderness wandering
- Numbers 20:1 – Miriam dies
People’s behavior affects us
- Numbers 20:2-5
- Recall that Moses is called “very meek” (Numbers 12:3)
- Notice some interactions between God and Moses:
- Exodus 33:17
- Numbers 14:20
- Deuteronomy 34:10
- But even he was not immune to the effects of other people’s behavior.
- Moses behaved admirably on several occasions when he faced difficult circumstances.
- Exodus 17:4
- Numbers 12:13
- Exodus 32:11-14; Numbers 14:13-19
- Consider how Jesus behaved when He was mistreated (Matthew 27:24-50).
- Moses is not alone in being influenced by others’ bad behavior.
- Galatians 2:11-14
- III John 1:9-11
- Moses’ anger problem
- Exodus 2:11-13
- Exodus 11:8
- Exodus 32:19
- Psalms 106:32-33; 78:38-41
- Galatians 5:20
- How we react, when mistreated, must be governed by God’s word.
- Matthew 5:11-12
- II Timothy 2:24-25
Partial obedience isn’t enough
- Numbers 20:9-11
- Exodus 17:1-7
- The difference between the last time God commanded Moses to provide water and this time is one word: “strike” vs. “tell”
- When Got issues a command or authorizes a work, it must be done fully and completely.
- Partial obedience = rebellion
Sin has consequences
- Numbers 20:12, 24
- Moses asks God to reconsider his punishment.
- Deuteronomy 3:26
- Deuteronomy 32:48-52
- This moment of rash behavior at Meribah was a short one in light of Moses’ long life, but it had a lasting impact.
- Sin’s earthly consequences may be short-lived or permanent.
- Sin’s spiritual consequences may be short-lived or permanent.
- Romans 6:23; James 1:15
- II Corinthians 7:10-11 – One who fears the earthly consequences of sin more than spiritual consequences will never be saved.
- Moses, like us, was not immune to temptation.
- His actions at Meribah remind us that …
- Others’ behavior affects us
- Partial obedience is unacceptable
- Sin has lasting consequences
- But, thanks to God, we can respond appropriately to negative behavior, please God with our service, and avoid eternal condemnation!