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Moses and the Promised Land

One passage of scripture has always troubled me at a deep level (well, there are a couple that do that actually).  But Numbers 20 is one of them.  We find Moses still putting up with all the people’s whining becasue this time they’re without water.  So he and Aaron go in and ask God what to do, and the Lord instructs Moses to speak to the rock and water will flow out of it.  But instead of following this instruction, Moses hits the rock and the water comes out.  And then the troubling verse:

Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12).

If you want to talk about a reminder to pastors to be faithful through honoring God this is it.

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