Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Chukat - Reading #3

Chukat חֻקַּת - Law

Numbers 19:1-22:1

Reading #3 - Numbers 20:7–13

My Thoughts:

It’s really clear in verse 8 that Hashem is telling Moses to “speak to the rock”. But, maybe that was a little scary to him. Had he ever spoke to something before and a miracle occurred? I don’t know how many times this happened, but apparently hitting the rock with his faithful rod seemed a bit safer. The punishment Moses gets for not doing what Hashem said, is almost unbearable. Now, he can not enter the Holy Land. How devastated he must have felt. Hashem tells us what to do through His Torah. Maybe it is time we listened and obeyed. 


Hashem took away Moses' privilege to enter Israel. Because he disobeyed Him. Can you think of a time in your life when Hashem appeared to have taken something away because of disobedience? I can and I can bear witness it was awful. In fact I believe it has happened to me a few times. You would think it would only have to happen once and that would be enough. Sadly, sometimes I forget how powerful Hashem can be in my life -- with His blessings and my consequences of sin. We need to learn from our mistakes and not do them again. We need to obey Hashem and His Torah, at any cost. Amen.

Reading #3 - Numbers 20:7–13

20:7 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you, and Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it pour out its water. You shall bring water to them out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink.”

9 Moses took the rod from before Hashem, as He commanded him. 10 Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Shall we bring water out of this rock for you?” 11 Moses lifted up his hand, and struck the rock with his rod twice, and water came out abundantly. The congregation and their livestock drank.

12 Hashem said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

13 These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with Hashem, and He was sanctified in them.