Numbers 20: Give God Credit
In Numbers chapter 20, Moses and Aaron got themselves into some big trouble. By big trouble, I mean that they were not going to be allowed to enter the Promised Land because of their disobedience.
Num 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 20:8 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.
Num 20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
Num 20:10 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?
Num 20:11 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.
Num 20:12 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.
It is somewhat hard to tell what exactly went down and why God was so upset with Moses and Aaron. There are various interpretations online, but I think the one that makes the most sense comes directly out of verse 10.
Moses and Aaron took credit for fetching water out of the rock when it was clearly the work of God that made this possible.
God does not want people to start taking credit for things that they really had no doing in. A similar thing happened with the Tower of Babel. The people started to get excited about what they could do, and they eventually were punished for that.
I don’t have very many of us will be hitting rocks to make water come out and taking credit for it anytime soon, but I do think that we all will have to contend with our attitude at some point soon. We have to be careful that we do not become too proud about what happens around us.
God takes pride seriously, and we need to make sure that we give Him all the credit He deserves.