ONE LITTLE ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE
We generally evaluate our sins and the sins of others by their magnitude. We consider some sins "little things". Other sins we consider to be big violations. A "little" act of disobedience in our eyes is a "big" act of disobedience in God's eyes. Most of us would not consider Moses' act of disobedience of striking a rock instead of speaking to it a big sin. But it was big in the eyes of our righteous and holy God.
COMPLAINT OF THE PEOPLE Vss. 1-5
There was no water, and it seemed to the Children of
COMMAND OF GOD Vss. 6-8
Moses and Aaron wisely sought counsel from God.
Moses was told to take his Rod and speak to the rock.
Water would come out of the rock.
CONDUCT OF MOSES Vss. 9-11
Moses had a "few choice words" for the rebellious people, and then struck the rock twice with his rod. Water did come out of the rock,
but Moses had not done as he was told.
COMMENTARY BY GOD Vss. 12-13
Moses was rebuked for his unbelief.
He had failed to sanctify God in front of the people.
His little act of disobedience got water, but also caused Moses to not enter the Promised Land. Even "little" sins have consequences. There are no "little" sins with God.