Speak To The Rock! (Man of Faith, Moses)

SPEAK TO THE ROCK -Karina's Thought


Hello dear readers! I am grateful to God could come back again with “Man of Faith” series. This time I’m not writing alone but I wrote this post with my dearest blog friend, Lauren Heiligenthal. Now I chose Moses as the 3rd figure. Like Abraham and Noah, Moses also mentioned many times in the Old and New Testament. After took study of Moses’ story, I conclude that Moses had two contradictory life sides i.e. side of successful and failure. Let’s have a look to the first side.


Moses was a great prophet with a winding life. He was born when Egypt felt threatened by the very high soaring population growth of Israelite and the threat made Pharaoh scared and issued an order to the all midwife to kill all of baby boy. (Exodus 1:16)  Because Moses’ mother think she no longer hid Moses, then she decided to took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. (Exodus 2:3) In short, the daughter of Pharaoh saw the baby and eventually took him as his son and called his name Moses. (Exodus 2: 5-8) Then Moses lived in luxury in the palace. But what happened? Turned out Moses didn’t forget his origin. Seeing his nation lived in oppression, his conscience revolted. He also acted and opting out of his enjoyment. He decided to get out of his comfort zone in the palace. Moses chose to fulfill God’s calling to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.

Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10)

Although Moses had some doubts and fears (Exodus 4:1), eventually he chose to trust and obey to God, leaving his comfort and willing to suffer just for God’s calling. This was Moses’ great faith step. He moved from the comfort zone to the faith zone. Was written in Hebrews 11:24-25:

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Moses used by God amazingly to bring the Israelite to the Promise Land though he had to suffer in the wilderness for 40 years together with the people who never grew up, never stop complaining, never be grateful, and never satisfied. By faith, Moses successfully made it out of the comfort zone that he fully realized it all came from sin.

In our daily lives, there are times we must be willing to leave our comfort zone. We have to decide to leave all the pleasures and choose God’s calling to bear the cross to follow Jesus. We would probably suffer. But in the bigger “frame”, it would be much more beneficial for our future later. God never reneged on his promises. God will never abandon us. Though In distress and difficulty God remains with us, guided us who obedient to bear His cross. Life is full of choices and we have full of authority to decide it. But God said:

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Moses was choosing to leave his comfort zone to obey God’s voice and cling to Him to live in the Promise Land. What about us? Whether we’ve been dare to come out of our comfort zone? If we dare to pay the price to leave all of worldly pleasant things that will bring us into the sin? Do we believe though there may be suffering and there’s something must be sacrificed but at the end we will receive all of God’s promise? The world offer temporary comfort and pleasure but God promises the “Eternal Land”. Today let’s learn from Moses who dares to leave worldly pleasure follow God’s call to get into the Promise Land.


Now we come to the second side of Moses, a contradict with his first side. Why I say contradict? Let’s take look. This time Moses did some fatal errors and made him got a very bitter consequence. Has been nearly 40 years Moses led a big, complicated and obstinate nation to keep on the right path. Turned out the Israelite attitude made Moses frustrated and affects his emotional state. Moses’ frustration and emotional peaks occurred when the Israelite angered and complained about the lack of water when they came into the wilderness of Zin and stayed in Kadesh. (Numbers 20:1-13) After he faced the Israelite’s anger then he spoke to God in the door of tabernacle of meeting and God said to Moses:

 ““Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” (Numbers 20:8)

At this point Moses couldn’t hold back his emotion, he cannot control his temper and made some fatal errors! Let’s have a look what Moses said in the front of Israelites:

“Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. (Number 20:10-11)

Let’s pay attention to the word “Must we…”  This was the first fatal mistake carried out by Moses. He didn’t suppose said “we…” Moses was supposed to say “God…” This showed that in his annoyance to the Israelites he spoke rashly. Was written in Psalm 106:3,

For they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips.

 Beside his rash word, Moses had wrong motive, stolen God’s holiness and glory by Mentioned “We…”  Make a miracle is God’s work but Moses took credit of miracle himself, instead of attributing to God.

The second error of Moses was his disobedience. This is what I mean about contradictive side of Moses. When for the first time he decided to leave Egypt, he totally trust and obey to God’s calling but this time Moses stumbled and slipped disobeyed to God’s command. God clearly commanded to speak to the rock but Moses struck the rock twice. This was disobedience form of Moses and even worse, Moses showed his disobedience before the Israelites. His has done intolerant thing by as if disparaged God in the front of Israelites. (Numbers 27:14) God not pleased and then He punished Moses:

“Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:12)

My dear friends, what we could take as a lesson from Moses’ errors? The first important thing we could learn from is, if a great prophet like Moses even called as very humble man more than all men on the earth (Numbers 12:3) can be stumbled and slipped into the sin, what about us? Moses’ error is a warning for all of us that anytime what happened with Moses could be happen anytime to us as well.

The second is about self-control. Because of frustrated and temper, then Moses loss of his self-control and it made him fall into the sin. It’s very important for Christians especially for  Christian leaders. Self-control is a part of fruits of Spirit and wraps the other fruits. Without self-control then the other fruits will be in vain and we will be fall into the sin. It’s written in Proverbs 16:32: Better a patient person than a warrior,   one with self-control than one who takes a city. And: Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. (Proverbs 25:28)  As a great leader Moses stumbled not hallows God caused of his lack of self-control. This should be an important lesson for many Christian leaders though have full authority but must take control ourselves, control each statement and command that come out from our mouth so that always uphold God’s holiness above of all and reflect His glory to others.

The last, we have to trust and obey to every God’s given tasks and have the right motivation behind our actions. Trust that God will always provide the way to complete the task though the task seems impossible to do and we doubt with our own ability. Obey to every God’s command because God never gives wrong command. Although it may give the same outcome, don’t do anything other than God’s command because it would make God not pleased and we will get the bad consequence.

My dear friends, last but not least, although Moses stumbled and got the consequence, yet he stayed faithful until the end. Accompanied by formidable signs and miracles he remains led the Israelites get into the Promise Land. His failure didn’t diminish the greatness of his name. Moses still known as a great prophet throughout the ages and he still received the honor of “entry” into the Promise Land when he appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration and talk with Jesus. (Matthew 17:3) Let’s learn from Moses’ life both about his faith also his failure. Life is always full of choices and because God really loves us, He gives us a chance to make a choice freely. But we’ve to realize that there’s always a consequence of what we choose. As clearly written in Deuteronomy 30:19, God gives us some option but He wants us to choose life and we will have live. Let’s keep our heart diligently, keep learning to control ourselves, trust and obey to God’s voice and always cling to Him so we aren’t easily stumbling and slip into the sin. God said: Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23) Amen

Karina – Lauren Heiligenthal

My great honor to Lauren Heiligenthal who willing to be co – writer on this post.

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61 thoughts on “Speak To The Rock! (Man of Faith, Moses)

  1. Reblogged this on Aletheia_Word and commented:
    Moses is one of the greatest prophets ever known. He led the mass of Israelites out of Egypt–certainly no easy task. In the midst of such a great feat, the LORD continued to demand obedience from His people, and their leader. As Scripture illustrates, obedience (or lack thereof) becomes a constant struggle among the people, and at one significant point, with Moses.

    I am honored that Karina Lam has asked me to contribute to this post. There is so much we can learn from Moses and the other great men of faith. Although we may struggle, let us press on in obedience and faith in God.

  2. Dear, sista..
    Thank you very much you share about moses’ life not just about his greath faith but also his failure. This is a great lessson to learn. Moses failure just happened 2 years before the chosen people get into the Promise Land. What a such bad consequence of Moses. Love this post so much. God bless 🙂

    • Dear, lil angel.
      You are much welcome 🙂 indeed, there are so many valuable lesson of Moses that we can learn from. Thank you very much for reading and commenting. Be good and God bless.

    • Hello there,
      First of all, thank you very much for taking time to visit and following my blog. It such a great honor 🙂 also thank you for your lovely comment. God bless.

  3. Thank you for this thoughtful analysis of Moses’s walk of faith. I was struck by your point about Moses’ “entry” into the Promised Land at the Transfiguration. Blessings, A. ❤

  4. Karina, you and Lauren put together a wonderful post! We do need to try to step out of our comport zones as Christians and become more involved in the things which help advance to gospel. We must use our god-given gifts to do what we can for His sake.

    Listen, you may find this comment in your spam folder. If so, please mark me as “not spam” and I may be able to comments directly to you once again. Hope all is well with you…

    Steve 🙂

    • Dear,brother.
      I am so sorry just checking out my comment box and I found your comment as a spam 🙂 I am sorry for the inconvenience. I promise that I regularly check my comment box so I will not miss your comments. Thank you for your lovely comment, brother. I am grateful to God could work together with Lauren. Once again sorry and thank you. God bless you, brother steve.

      • Don’t feel bad, sis…many people have been finding my comments in their spam folders for the past 2-3 months. I have no idea what is going on. This changed for the worse and I’ve been trying to get help to fix the problem, but WP has no help available to speak of.

        I am always so happy to read any new posts you have, even when they are co-authored! You are a busy lady with much to do. I noticed you have taken your husband’s last name into your blogging…good for you!

        Bless you and your family as always, Karin, and just try to mark my comments as “not spam.” That may help you get them directly once again…

        Your Bro. Steve 🙂

  5. Dear Sisters, Karina and Lauren; as the Lord has spoken through the Prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22, “Then Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”
    There is a reason why our Heavenly Father has put examples of the importance of obedience in so many books of the Bible, Old and New Testaments. We live by grace today, but that grace also means we are too be obedient to the two greatest commandments based in love. We sometimes forget that Jesus reiterated in Matthew 22 that to love God AND others is a command! Therefore, obedience is required! Yes, obedience based on faith, as James claims in his Epistle, but the action, the works of obedience, none-the-less.
    Have been away for a while but so glad to be back and loving the catching up with so much writing I have missed. I have always enjoyed your perspective AND inspiration, so I am being washed in blessings galore right now!
    God bless you Sister Karina and you too Sister Lauren. I will try and get by your site Sister Lauren very soon!!

    • Dear, brother in Christ Roland.
      Thank you very much for your wonderful response on our article. I strongly believe I and Lauren will so blessed by your thought 🙂 Once again thank you and God bless.

  6. In defense of the error side of Moses, it is his being human to either speak not necessarily the correct words nor to strike the rock more than once. Though not a religious act, it reminds me of someone who presses the elevator button several times, when once would suffice. I’ve always felt sad for Moses for the result of these “errors”– even though they were from God’s command. Peace.

  7. Hi, Karina. I like reading about Moses’ life because he was human like we are and made some very bad choices the way we do. He must have been a fiery man! I like your emphasis on coming out of his comfort zone. It wasn’t easy, and even then he made some mistakes. Still, he persevered, even though he felt like giving up, and even though he had to pay a price for some of his behavior. Definitely someone I can relate to!
    Many thanks to you and Lauren for this post.

  8. Hi sis…hope all is well with you! Looking forward to a new posting from you or a guest writer. Take care and be well…


    • Hello, brother.
      Thank you for stopping by.. Thank you to God all is going well with here..still in Singapore till the last month. A bit difficult to find quiet time to write a new one because I am busy in the office. Hope and pray all is going well too with you.. Thank you, brother . God bless.

      • It is always good to hear from you, Karin! It lifts my spirits to see a comment from you, even if it is usually about the same old grind of work and being too busy…

        You are a wonderful example to many people and I want you to know that! The way you handle so many responsibilities is amazing. As we say out here, you have many “hats to wear,” (besides the one you wear in your blog photo…Lol.)

        Take care and try not to let your busy schedule keep you too far away from your blog. Have a super evening and day tomorrow…

        Brother Steve 🙂

          • You are very welcome for any encouragement I can provide, sis. You are worthy of a good bit of praise as I’ve said. Always believe in the Lord as your main guide in all aspects of life!

            Make the things of the Christian life a part of your life. Pray and read the bible…do what the Lord has commanded. But you know all of this…

            Take care until next time, Karin! God bless you in love,

            Bro. Steve

  9. Great message – thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to going back and reading the other posts in this series.
    Thanks for following my blog! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Thank you for writing about both sides of Moses; he was a giant in his walk and the favor of God, but also Moses’s human side that revealed his weakness concerning how he responded to outside influence from the people who complained. It is difficult to maintain a calm demeanor when we are surrounded by those clamoring for something better than what is readily available. But God, knowing the kind of man Moses is in spite of those human failings, supernaturally moved in miraculous demonstrations of power and sovereignty. A loving Father, as He is known to be, also gives to us wonderful opportunities to come out from the old ways, to become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He not only makes available to us the fruit of the Spirit, but the Gifts of the Spirit as well, in order to demonstrate the Spirit and the power, so that our confidence would not be in the wisdom of man , but in the power of God. What a magnificent God that we serve. God bless you.

    • Dear, brother in Christ Thomas.
      First of all I would like to thank you for visiting and reading my post. I was such a great honor to me. Also thank you for your important and valuable comment on my post. Indeed, you comment will be my pondering to know more about Moses’life. Once again thank you very much and God bless.

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  12. Wow! Loved reading this… I didn’t want the post to end. Beautifully written, filled with so much truth and wisdom. There are so many points I will take away from this post and write them in my journal. 🙂 X x

  13. Thankful that I seen this post to read it in its entirety. Blessed to read such truths in this post about Moses and how we should allow this reflection to make us think about our own walk and talk. God bless you both for writing a wonderful and encouraging message.

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