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Numbers 20:10-11

Numbers 20:10–11 (ESV): “10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.”

Losing your cool and speaking harshly to God’s kids is not kosher. The Lord doesn’t tolerate that kind of representation. He is slow to anger and abounding in love and He desires to be represented as such.

After Miriam died, the people of Israel were in the wilderness of Zin and they began to complain because there was no water for them. The Lord told Moses to speak to the Rock and water would come forth. Moses angrily lectured the people saying, “Shall we bring water for you from this rock,” he then struck it TWICE, rather than speaking to it, and water came out. Moses didn't believe God and uphold Him as holy, he would not bring His assembly into the land. The Rock is representative of Jesus (1 Cor 10:4), who was struck once (Ex 17:6), not twice. We are to come to Him by faith and drink of the Living Water, who is the Holy Spirit (Jn 7:37-38).

Are you thirsty today? Jesus says come. Don’t complain, just ask for an outpouring of Living Water. Are you responding to those around you in anger? That is unbelief. Trust the Lord and be patient. The most important thing is that we don’t misrepresent God to our kids, spouses, parents, neighbors, coworkers, and the like. Be humble, walk in the fruit of the Spirit, and if you are lacking water, ask God (Lk 11:13) and believe Him to give it, amen?

Father, we believe You for all things. Fill us with Your Spirit and keep our hearts humble so we can rightly represent You we pray in Jesus' name, amen.

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