The Rock Weekly – March 8, 2023

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The Humility to Go Low

While reading through the story of Moses and the Israelites, I was noticing how often Moses went low. Again and again we see passages like this: 

Numbers 20:2-7 NLT
2 There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! 4 Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!” 

6 Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to them, 7 and the Lord said to Moses…

There are similar situations in Numbers 12, 14, and 16. The people get upset, rebel, or become critical of Moses, and his response is to go low. He literally puts his face to the ground. 

The people are critical of someone who’s really just trying to do what God told him to do. And although he’s totally justified and could have easily gotten an attitude and said, “Well, God literally spoke to me from a fiery cloud, so clearly you’re wrong and I’m right,”  He didn’t. Instead, every time he got accused or criticized he went low. Face to the ground. And usually ran to the Tent of Meeting (where The Lord’s presence was). 

Perhaps that’s why this is recorded of Moses:

Numbers 12:3 NLT
“(Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.)”

I think it’s a good strategy for us to follow. As we work to emulate the character of Christ that we see modeled throughout the Bible, it would be good for us to remember to go “low” and to run to the presence of God when we come under criticism; rather than responding with pride or arrogance. 

Father God, help us to walk in humility like Moses and Jesus. Give us an extra measure of your grace that empowers us to go low when our flesh wants to hit back, to be humble when our pride wants to be arrogant, and to even pray for those who would speak poorly about us. 

I look forward to seeing you all this week,
Pastor Andrew and The Rock Staff



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