A Single Act of Rebellion
“Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.’” (Numbers 20:11-12, NASB)
Every time I think of Moses and read this passage, my heart aches for him. I’m stunned at the cost of a single act of rebellion and disobedience. To the Israelites, Moses was a hero. Because of him, the people had water to drink from a rock. In God’s eyes, this single act of disobedience was a defining moment. Moses, God’s trusted servant, had rebelled. Moses had allowed his emotions to rule and he defied God and disobeyed His commandment. God told him to speak to the rock and water would flow freely. Instead, out of frustration, he struck the rock with his staff.
I’m humbled by God’s mercy and tolerance of the many years of rebellious behavior in my life. There have been times that Satan tried to persuade me that my rebellion cancelled the fulfillment of God’s promises in my life. He has tried to cause me to walk in shame and condemnation and convince me that the “Moses Rule” (one strike and you’re out) ensures that I too will never inherit God’s promises. I praise God that I live under the “Jesus Rule,” (His blood did it all). Through His blood sacrifice on the cross I have full reconciliation, redemption, restoration, and forgiveness for my sins (past, present, and future). I rest in the confidence that God’s Word tells me, when God looks at me He sees me in light of what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus’ faithfulness and sacrifice did it all (Hebrews 10:14-17).
Child of God, without mercy and grace, we would all fail to receive the promises of God. I encourage you to give God praise and thanksgiving today for Calvary. Next time Satan comes to taunt you, remind him that you live under the “Jesus Rule” and that Jesus is your personal guarantee for access into heaven and eternal life!
Lord, thank You for Your boundless mercy and grace. Jesus, I am so thankful that Your blood on the cross allows me to live under the “Jesus Rule” and that all of my sins are forgiven. I thank You that by Your grace I am able to inherit every promise God made in His Word. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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