Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Sin of Moses

Numbers 20

This is the account of Moses’ fall.
It demonstrates God is impartial to all,
For God does not have a favored few;
His law applied to Moses too.

Israel had come to the Desert of Zin.
There was no water; patience was thin.
Once again the people complained
With cruel accusations unrestrained.

Moses got down upon his face
Petitioning the Lord for wisdom and grace.
The Glory of the Lord appeared
With guidance from the One they revered.

“Take your staff and gather the tribes.
All glory to God you shall ascribe.
To the rock you shall plainly speak
And I will do something quite unique.”

So Moses gathered the rest of them,
But his temper got the best of him.
Instead of speaking to just the rock
He spoke of himself and struck the rock.

The water flowed and the needs were met,
But Jehovah God was extremely upset.
They had acted in self-glorification
As if they could perform this manifestation.

Because they failed to honor God’s Name
But took for themselves the glory and fame,
They would not enter the Promised Land
With the nation God led by His mighty hand.

So let us never, ever forget
There is a price for the sin we regret.
Though Moses besought Him o’er and o’er,
God said, “Moses, be still. I’ll listen no more.”

Let us learn well this lesson clear:
No matter how things may appear,
It is not to our credit that things get done.
All glory goes to the Three in One.

© Copyright 2010 George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

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