Moses failed to obey God by doing what he commanded to do exactly. He failed to speak to the rock to make the water come out. Instead, he took his staff and strike the rock to make the water come out. This made God look like he is an angry God that childishly show his temper, like a wrathful man or pagan god. Moses represents God before the people of Israel and he is supposed to be a good role model so that they will put their faith in God. His action was not a good role model for God’s character.
God was serious with the mistake Moses made because he is the leader of the Israelite people. As a punishment, he refused to let Moses lead the Israelite into the land of Canaan. Another person chosen by God will complete take over the mission and lead the Israelite into the land of Canaan. This is a harsh punishment on Moses that made his heart feel grieved, since he is a faithful man of God.
The rock which poured out water is portrayed as Jesus Christ who is the way, truth and life. When Moses disobeyed God by striking the rock, he portrayed the redemption of Jesus Christ a bad picture to the people. Moses should have trusted in God and spoke to the rock with faith instead of striking it. The word of God has power in those who put their faith in him.
Ultimately, Moses died when the Israelite were very near into entering the promised land, the land of Canaan. Before Moses’ death, God let him see the entire land of Canaan from the top of Mount Pisgah. He climbed Mount Nebo from the Moab plains and then reach the top of the Mount Pisgah, which located across the city of Jericho in order to see the land of Canaan. After he had seed the Promised Land, he died. No one knows the exact location where Moses was buried. He was 120 years old when he died. Even in his old age, his eyes can still see very clear and he is still very strong.
The Israelite spent 30 days to mourn for Moses. After that, they moved on in their journey towards the Promised Land, the land of Canaan. A new leader was chosen to replace Moses. The new leader whom God had chosen was Joshua, the assistant to Moses. Joshua was the one who accompanied Moses when he climbed up Mount Sinai to record down God’s commandments on the stone tablets. Moses had laid hands on Joshua and anointed him to be the next leader of Israel (Numbers 27).
From this account, we know that God judges leaders and teachers with a more stringent requirement. Followers who are ignorant of God’s commandments may be forgiven by God and by pass punishment easily. Having faith in God is important if you want to receive anything from God. We must not doubt in God and believe in all his promises in the bible because what God said always happen.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:47-48 KJV)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35 KJV)
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 KJV)
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (Mark 11:22 KJV)
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (Deuteronomy 32:2 KJV)
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. (Isaiah 40:8 KJV)
That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof. (Isaiah 44:26 KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (Luke 17:6 KJV)
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (Isaiah 45:23 KJV)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (James 5:14 KJV)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us (1 John 5:14 KJV)
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. (Isaiah 46:10 KJV)
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:20 KJV)
For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts. (Amos 6:11 KJV)
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8 KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (2 John 1:6 KJV)
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. (Deuteronomy 13:4 KJV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:15-27 KJV)
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1 John 2:3-6 KJV)
Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. (1 John 2:24 KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:1-4 KJV)