Read Exodus 32:1-19
MEMORISE: Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
In Numbers 20:1-13, the Israelites, after 38 years of wandering in the wilderness, gathered themselves together, and took up arms against Moses and Aaron not considering the mercies of the Lord they had enjoyed all through their wilderness experiences. Their present want was that of water only. They were so bitter towards Moses and Aaron. The duo made no reply to them but retired to the door of the tabernacle to know the mind of God towards the issue at hand.
Moses was to command for the second time in God’s name water out of the rock for them to show that God is able as ever, to supply His people with good things (Phil. 4:19). They were to speak to the rock to shame the people who had been stiffed-necked that God is constant (Ex. 32:19; Num. 20:12) Someone says “anger is a small madness”.
To provoke is to cause someone to become annoyed, or angry, or to bring about a reaction. Provocation is the action or speech that makes someone angry, especially deliberately.
In Exodus 34:28, Moses was called upon by God to come up to mount Sinai, and present himself to God on the top of the mountain. He had to repeat what he had done before, because the Israelites provoked him. He was summoned the second time to spend forty days and forty nights without food and water because his anger burned to the extent that he threw the tablets written with the finger of God (Exo. 31:18) from his hands and smashed them at the foot of the mountain. (Exo. 32:19).
It is expedient to note that whenever one is provoked to react angrily, the result is not always palatable because, both the doer and the receiver will bear the consequence. Someone rightly says, ‘angry is a small madness’.
‘Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly’ (Pro. 14:29, 29:11).
1. Pray against the spirit of anger in your life, beg God to help get rid of it.
2. Pray that God will give you the spirit of self-control and long suffering.
3. Pray that God will purify our Churches and rid her of every spirit of disunity, and make love reign amidst us.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 30 – 31.