Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch 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 beasts also. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Today's Morsel: Have you noticed that people seem to be murmuring and complaining more and more these days? Why are they so unsatisfied? Why are they so discontented? The children of Israel had seen how God could and would provide for them. But instead of asking God, they complained and murmured to Moses. Jesus said that we have not because we ask not. We would rather complain and murmur than ask. Even though the Bible lists Moses as the most meekest man in the earth, he became so feed up with the murmuring and complaining of Israel, that when God told him to speak to the rock and it would give forth water, Moses smote the rock. He allowed their complaining to cause him to disobey God, and he lost his leadership position to lead Israel into the Promise Land. If you are a leader and you allow the people to get to you so much that you do something contrary to what God tells you to do, you may make it into heaven, but you may lose your position to lead God's people. Moses was God's chosen leader and this lets us know that as leaders for God in this earth, we must obey every word that proceedd from the mouth of God and not allow the complaining and murmuring of people cause us to error. So be ye angry and sin not.
Sing: Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on let me stand; I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on, to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, and lead me home.