Must we bring out water for you from this crag?—Num. 20:10.
By using the word “we,” Moses was likely referring to himself and Aaron. Those words indicated a gross lack of respect for Jehovah as the true Source of that miracle. This possibility seems to be confirmed by what we read at Psalm 106:32, 33: “They provoked Him at the waters of Meribah, and it went badly for Moses because of them. They embittered his spirit, and he spoke rashly with his lips.” (Num. 27:14) Whatever the case, Moses’ actions detracted from the honor due Jehovah. Speaking to Moses and Aaron, Jehovah said: “You both rebelled against my order.” (Num. 20:24) A serious sin indeed! Previously, Jehovah had denied a whole generation of Israelites entrance into the land of Canaan because of their rebelliousness. (Num. 14:26-30, 34) So it was both appropriate and consistent for Jehovah to make the same judgment with regard to Moses because of his rebellious act. He was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. w18.07 14 ¶9, 12; 15 ¶13
Song 84 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Give Jehovah Your Best”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
What spiritual gems from this week’s Bible reading would you like to share regarding Jehovah, the field ministry, or something else?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Pioneering Together for 60 Years—Only With Jehovah’s Help: (15 min.) Play the video. Then ask the following questions: What privileges and joys have Takako and Hisako enjoyed in their assignment? What health challenges has Takako faced, and what has helped her? What has brought them real joy and contentment? How does their experience illustrate the thoughts expressed in the following scriptures: Proverbs 25:11; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Hebrews 6:10?
Concluding Comments (3 min. or less)
Song 95 and Prayer