“Respond to Difficult Situations”. November 19 th & 20 th. O utline of the Passages. Don’t Idolize the Past (Num. 20:1-5) Don’t Lose Your Temper (Num. 20:6-11; Ps. 106:32-33) Don’t Fail to Trust the Lord (Num. 20:12-13).
November 19th & 20th
(Num. 20:6-11; Ps. 106:32-33)
How do we respond to difficult situations? Will we do things God’s way or our way?
Numbers 20:1-51 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had died…
…when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! 4 Why did you bring the LORD\'s community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!"
Essentially the people were saying they longed for the “good old days” in Egypt.
They believe the past slavery in Egypt was better the future promises of God. Kadesh was only a temporary stop on the way to a land flowing with “milk and honey.”
Scripture encourages us to learn
from the past.
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
Scripture encourages us to view troubles in life as only temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
What helps you to remember the faithfulness of God in your past, so that you can trust Him more fully in future crisis?
Keeping a prayer journal;
Studying the Bible to see how God helped others;
Sharing how God has blessed you;
Listening to others’ testimonies;
Lord’s Supper reminds us how Jesus loved;
Focusing on God’s character;
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Numbers 20:6-116 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together.
Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink." 9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD\'s presence, just as he commanded him.
10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
Psalm 106:32-33 32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them; 33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses\' lips.
Seems Simple Enough
Does this mean we can never get angry or that we have to hold in our anger at all cost? NO!
Dealing with anger is never easy, but appropriate ways to express anger do exist.
Do you believe that?
Moses’ anger got the best of him at Kadesh. Check any item below that tempts you to lose your temper:
___ When I’m disrespected; ___ Traffic!
___ Injustice against others;
___ My child’s disobedience;
___ Bad Service ___ Being unappreciated;
Next time one of those situations arises, reply on God’s help to give patience, gentleness and self-control.
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Numbers 20:12-13 12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." 13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he showed himself holy among them.
Believers can also fall into this trap. We can mistakenly become angry with the sinner instead of the sin. When we condemn sinners, we forget that Jesus died on the cross for their sins too.
Moses would be allowed to see the land from the peak of Mount Nebo on the northeastern side of Canaan.
From Mt. Nebo looking down on the Jordan Valley.
From Mt. Nebo looking south to the Dead Sea.
75 Miles Away
Today there is a little Church on the top of Mt. Nebo – A Memorial to Moses
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