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Exodus 2:12, “And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no
man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”
Moses was a strong man, Moses was
an outdoorsman, and Moses was a shepherd.
Exodus 4:10, “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither
heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of
speech, and of a slow tongue.”
Notice Moses’ strength was
demonstrated in “smiting.” Note his weakness was “speaking.” He said he was not
Exodus 4:11, “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh
the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?”
Notice Moses’ strength was
smiting and his weakness was speaking.
Numbers 20:7-8, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take
the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother,
and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his
water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt
give the congregation and their beasts drink.”
What was Moses’ strength? It was
smiting! What was Moses’ weakness” It was speaking! What did God tell Moses to
do to the rock? He told him to speak! Thus, God was asking Moses to use his
Numbers 20:9-11, “And Moses took the rod from before the
LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation
together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we
fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his
rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the
congregation drank, and their beasts also.”
What was Moses’ strength? It was
smiting! What was Moses’ weakness? It was speaking! What did God ask Moses to
do to the rock? He asked him to speak. What did Moses do to the rock? He smote
the rock!
Numbers 20:12, “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron,
Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of
Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I
have given them.”
God told Moses that he would not
be able to go nor lead God’s people into the Promised Land. God said to Moses
you have been with my people for forty long years and you have led them. God
said Moses I told you to “speak” to that rock and you “smote” that rock.
Because you did not obey me you will not enter into the Promised Land.

What was Moses Sin?
My question is what was the sin
that Moses committed that kept Moses from entering into the Promised Land? It
was the sin of using his strength instead of his weakness.
What was Moses’ strength? It was
smiting! What was Moses’ weakness? It was speaking! What did God ask Moses to
do to the rock? He asked him to “speak” to the rock. What did Moses do to the
rock? He “smote” the rock. Moses’ strength was in “smiting” and Moses weakness
was in “speaking.” God is saying to Moses I want your weakness not your
When you and I give our weakness
to God and he uses our weakness God receives all the glory. When you or I
succeed with our strength we receive all the glory. God is saying to Moses I
want you to speak to the rock because you are weak in that area. Moses said, “I
want to smite the rock because it is my strength.
The truth is not many people
succeed in the field of their strengths. Very few of these folks succeed and
that is why God desires our weakness. That is why Paul said, “In my weakness am
I made strong.” Why? Because you do not beg God to help your strength for we
beg God to help our weakness. In your strength you do it by yourself. In your
weakness you do it with God’s help because you know you can’t do it by
Some have a difficult time in
school while others seem to have little trouble in school. To some weakness is
learning, memory work, comprehending, or reading. Both the strong and the weak
will graduate, but the one with a weakness will receive the education. Grades
are not necessarily an indicator that one has received an education.
I was an introvert in school and
at church. My strength was on the ball field. My weakness was speaking and
being a natural leader. God wants our weakness so we will depend upon him and
not ourselves. Some one says about another he or she has “a great talent” in a
certain area. That may be true but chances are he or she will never use it for
If God uses you he will probably
use you in a weak area in your life where you will have to throw yourself at
his feet and beg for his help. Your weakness plus God’s strength is stronger
than your strength without God’s strength. All of us will come nearer begging
God for strength when we do not have any strength of our own. God made it very
clear in Scripture that he has chosen the weak, the foolish, and the base
things of this world to confound the wise and to set at naught the mighty. Why,
because God receives the glory that way.
The leader who makes it is always
some little guy who says, “I don’t think I can do this?” He goes alone out into
the woods and begs God, “Oh, my God I’ve got a responsibility that is beyond my
capabilities and I do not know how to do this. Oh, God you have to help me?”
God says, “That’s what I’m looking for in a leader. I am looking for weakness
thus he and God provide the necessary leadership.
God is looking for leaders who
give their weakness to God and God adds his strength and the job is done God’s
God wants
your weakness not your strength
weakness plus God ‘s strength is stronger than your strength
strength crucified can become weakness
both your weakness and your strength to God
weakness is as dangerous as uncrucified strength

work must be done in God’s power and God’s way.

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