“Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels. Will we bring out water from this rock for you?” And Moses lifted up his hand, and he struck the rock twice with his rod, and plenty of water came out, and the assembly drank, and their livestock. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you will not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”” Num. 20:10-12
With God’s help, Moses and Aaron succeeded in bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt, but they did not succeed in bringing them into the land that God had given them. The second time water came out of the rock, Moses had acted in unbelief and disobedience. He should have spoken to the rock, which is a picture of Jesus, but instead he struck with his rod as the first time (Exod. 17:5-6). Moses’ disobedience destroyed the picture of Jesus, by striking instead of speaking.
Jesus was beaten on the cross and therefore we can now have a relationship with God established, where we talk to each other. The punishment and beatings have already been completed and now there is grace and fellowship. Both the people, Moses and Aaron did not enter the land because of unbelief. Moses became reactionary to the people’s complaining and unbelief and therefore went out in unbelief himself. He struck the rock with the rod and struck the people with his words.
Christian leadership is meant to bring the church into what God has given them. To reveal Jesus, His finished work and His life in every believer. Leaders are called to provide spiritual food and equipment, not to strike or discourage the people.
“He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Eph. 4:11-13
As leaders and believers, we are called to equip and build. To bring people into what God has already given in and through Jesus. All that God gives is only by grace and you receive it only by faith. So let’s encourage each other every day to keep resting and moving forward in faith. Believe in Jesus, believe in God, believe in all of God’s promises, believe in Jesus´ death and resurrection for us and believe in Jesus’ life in and through us who believe. Take the focus away from yourself and the challenges and focus on Jesus instead.
God bless you.
/ David Billström