Moses's Sin

Numbers 20:1-13, 23-29

Great men receive distinction for various reasons. Adam gained distinction because he was the world's first man. Abraham because he was the father of the nation of Israel. Saul was the first king of Israel. David was the king who was a man after God's heart. But perhaps the greatest man in the Old Testament is Moses. We remember him because he was chosen to deliver the nation of Israel from bondage and lead them into the promised land.

We also remember great men for their failures. Adam sinned and caused the fall of mankind, Abraham lied and doubted the power of God, Saul disobeyed God's clear commands, David sinned with Bathsheba, and Moses sinned against God and was forbidden to enter into the promised land.

In Numbers chapter 20 we have three very sad events in Moses' life.

I. The death of Miriam. v1

II. The death of Aaron. v23

III. The sin of Moses. v1-13

IV. The warning to us is very clear.

What about us tonight? Do we have some areas of sin like Moses did? Any anger? Rebellion? Pride? Unbelief? False doctrine? God will not overlook those who refuse to obey His Word! Even Moses, the greatest man in the Old Testament, had to learn that lesson!

Note the mercy and grace of God. He still provided His people with water to meet their need. Why would He do that? 2 Timothy 2:13, "If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself."