Read Numbers 20 (remember Exodus 17)
The notes in my bible say that this may have been the start of the 40th year of their time in the desert. 40 years earlier, Moses was instructed to take his staff and bring water from a rock (Exodus 17) in response to the peoples grumbling. This would have been the children of those people and again they were grumbling. It always brings me to tears thinking of Moses leading the grumblers for 40 years, and in his anger, sinning in this way.
- What is the sobering warning here?
- Why do you think God judges Moses so strictly?
Spend a few minutes reflecting on areas in your own life where you may be allowing sin and rebellion to gain a foothold.