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The Rock and Moses

DEFINE:
Hebrew is the original language of the Old Testament
Greek is the original language of the New Testament

BORN AGAIN: New birth, regeneration

JOY:
[Heb:
simchah]: Glee, exceeding (ly) gladness, joyfulness, rejoicing 
[Heb:
rinnah]: Shout of joy, cry, gladness, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, singing. triumph
Gk:
kauch aomai]: To boast, glory, exult, "we joy"
      
OBEDIENCE
[Gk:
hupakoe]: Attentive hearkening, complience or submission: obedience, (make) obedient, obey
Gk:
hupotage]: Subjection

PEACE:
[Hebrew:
salom]: Peace; completeness; welfare; health
[Heb:
Salom]: "What is your peace" (greeting in Israel
[Gk:
eireneuo]: To bring to peace, reconcile; to keep peace or be at peace with one another, live in peace
[Gk:
eirenikos]: Peaceful, peaceable or peaceful, quiet
              
SALVATION:
[Gk:
soteria]: Spiritual and eternal deliverance granted immediately by God to those who accept His conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, in whom alone it is to be gotten
[Gk adj:
soterios]: Saving, bringing salvation, discribes the grace of God.

VICTORY:
[Greek:
nikao]: To conquer, overcome," is translated "[them] that come victorious [from]" "gotten the victory; attaining the mastery over.

THE QUESTION OF OBEDIENCE
                  
All the commandments which I command you this day you shall be watchful to do, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers. And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. Deut 8:1-2
 
The trials we face are a way for the Lord to test us, seeing what we're really made of. We frequently don't really know where our faith is until we're sorely tested. It was during a difficult and heart breaking time that I discovered my faith was based on the “spiritual gifts” the Lord had graced me with, rather then in God the giver. If someone had told me that I was proud and putting my faith in “my faith” rather in the LORD, I would have fiercely denied it!

I’ve heard many folks say, "How could those Israelites be so demanding and lacking in faith, we wouldn't turn our backs on the Lord just because of some problems.". But, it's amazing how like the Hebrews we really can be, when we're going through severe trials and our eyes are not on the LORD. When we concentrate on the problems rather then the LORD all our good intentions rapidly fade away.

It's during these trials that we can see how mature or immature we really are.

This subject is full of many great scriptures. I'd like us to look closely at Moses as he led the Hebrews during the 40-year walk in the desert. Even though Moses was a mighty prophet of God, he too had the test of trials. How did he fare in these attacks he went through? Did he fall short as we frequently do? There's one such test in particular I want us to look at, please turn to:
Num chapter 20.
        
Now there was no water for the congregation, and they assembled together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses, and said, Would that we had died when our brethren died [in the plague] before the LORD! [Num 6:49]. And why have you brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, we and our livestock? And why have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in into this evil place? it is no place of grain or of figs or of vines, or of pomegranates. And there is no water to drink.  Num 20:2-5 

                       
These people were arguing and being nasty, saying they should have died with the plague that was on Egypt. In other words they were being childish and carnal, not child like in their faith but childish. They had completely forgotten all the Lord had done for them. They were scared and disbelieving, much like we are before God proves to us that He is in control of our lives.

Moses and Aaron as with all God's children answering the call to minister, will have people coming against them. Being used by Satan these people will complain and do what they can to discourage the child of God from ministering. Even a child of God can unknowingly be used by the enemy to discourage another person. We must be careful not to be used this way.

                  
For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms [dictatorships], against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] sphere.  Eph 6:12
                     

SO HOW DID MOSES HANDLE IT WHEN PEOPLE CAME AGAINST  HIM?

Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the Tent of Meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to them. And the Lord spoke to Moses in Num 20:6-7.    
                    

Moses and Aaron didn't fling insults back at the Hebrews nor did they defend themselves, instead they went before the LORD, humbly crying out to Him for the answer; and God answered them. 

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Ps 32:8 
                            

We are to seek the Lord first, before we do anything. We need to determine within ourselves to live for Him as His word tells us to do, then He will answer our prayers.

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving; Col 4:2                        
When we ask the Lord for guidance He will answer us one way or another. We need to be training ourselves to hear His voice. He will speak to us through His Word making a passage stand out in clarity, or He will move upon another person to say something to us through His Spirit. The Lord will write His will upon our heart, and we will know that we know what His will is for us in a given situation. But we must remember God will never go against His Word.

He will also speak to us directly, telling us what to do. Our Lord wants to commune with us, but we need to listen and learn to be still, prayer isn’t about our talking nonstop, but about our communicating with Him, listening for and to His voice. We need to learn to wait upon Him to respond to us.
 
And the Lord said to Moses, Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give to the congregation and their livestock drink.  So Moses took the rod  from before the LORD, as He commanded him.   Num 20:7-9  
                          
The Lord told them to take up their rod and speak to the rock and water will come from it.  After the Lord lets us know what we are to do, it's up to us to obey. Moses took the rod as the Lord told him to do.   

This rock represents the Lord Jesus Christ, and the rod represents His authority. 

As we go forth as He directs and speak in the authority of His name, our Father will answer our prayers, and the water which is the Holy Ghost will move on our behalf. 


DISOBEDIENCE!                  

And Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock and Moses said to them, Hear now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote the rock twice. And the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.  Num 20:10-11                           

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hese people having no water were frightened and rebellious toward Moses, calling out insults and being nasty. At first Moses went to the Lord about all this, instead of retaliating with name-calling. Then after the Lord told him to "tell" the rock to give forth water, Moses in his frustration and impatience yelled at those people calling them "rebels".     
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Impatience is brought about by "pride". It's pride that lifts us up to the place of thinking we're better then others, therefore having the right to be impatient with them. 
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God told Moses to speak to the rock in front of the people and from this rock water would come, thereby giving the people the opportunity to see the power of God working on their behalf. But Moses in hitting this rock went directly against what the LORD told him to do. He not only hit it once, but he hit it twice! This being rebellion robbed God of any glory, as well as going much deeper then Moses realized. At a previous time, Moses was told to strike another rock:

                  
Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at [Mount] Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.  Ex 17: 6  
  

The rock gave forth water by striking it once. This rock represents the Lord Jesus Christ and the strike points to His crucifixion. The water is the Holy Ghost, which the Lord gave to us at the time of His crucifixion. The Holy Ghost lives in each of us as we accept Jesus as Lord, making us Born Again Believers. When Moses hit the next rock and hitting it twice at that [Num 20:10-11], he was saying the crucifixion was not complete or effective, whether he realized it or not.
             

And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe in me [rely on, cling to] Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Israelites, you therefore shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.  Num 20:12                      

We are each responsible for following the commands of the LORD.  It's not a question of whether we understand the reason for His orders or not, it's for us to obey. God held Moses responsible for not obeying.

And die on the mountain which you ascend and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, Because you broke faith with me in the midst of the Israelities at the waters of Meribaho-Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin and because you did not set Me apart as holy in the midst of the Israelities. For you shall see the land opposite you there, into the land which I give the Israelities.  Deut  32:50-52
OUR  LOVING  FATHER

What a loving Father we serve, He allowed Moses to see the Promised Land even if he was refused admittance to it. 

Many Christians sit in their pews each week refusing to surrender to the complete Lordship of Jesus Christ. They refuse to study and worship, as well as surrender their own wills to His conditions.  There are many that appear to serve Him, yet few that really make Him their Lord over everything in their lives.  If He is not Lord of our lives, then we are not ready to meet Him face to face, and will not enter the promise of Heaven.  Read for example:
Gal 5:17-21; Gal 6:7-9;   Eph 5:3-8 

This is a heavy warning for us to guard our walk with God. We must be sensitive to His leading, staying in the Word, which is the Bible and being quick to repent as we fall short of the glory of God.

We are told to put on the full armor of God in Eph 6, are we doing this? Satan is fiercely angry and putting up a good fight to steal our souls, we are now seeing many falling away from the purity of the Word of God.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Ps  91:7                

We are seeing the "Great Falling Away" spoken of in 2 Thes 2:3. There is a great deception going on today, the Word of God is being perverted by a spirit of greed and self exultation. The only way for us to be protected is to remain in the Word of God, pressing in close to the Lord, being obedient to His commands. If the flesh can carry Moses away, what makes us think we can relax?

We are each going through real trials and the fire is hot, while the debris is being burned away from our lives. As we stand as one before the Lord Jesus Christ He will lead and protect us, keeping us from all harm. We are the apples of our Father's eye!


He found him in a desert land, in the howling void of the wilderness; He kept circling around him, He scanned him [penetratingly]. He kept him as the pupil of His eye.  Deut  32:10                  

The King James version says "he kept him as the apple of his eye". His protection is complete..

For thus said the Lord of hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered you - for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye:  Behold, I will swing my hand over them and they shall become plunder for those who served them.  Then you shall know [recognize and understand] that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger].  Zech 2:8                   
                 
We have nothing to be afraid of, no matter what it is the Lord tells us to do, He will protect us.  But we must be in the right place in Him, not in the place of rebellion and pride. Praise God He is coming Soon!

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.   Ps 17:8