At some point while the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, they ran out of water. Once again the people complained, so Moses and Aaron went to the tabernacle to seek God’s will. God told them to take the rod that had budded with them and speak to a specific rock and God would provide water from it. Now you may remember that back in Exodus 17 God provided the Israelites with water by having Moses hit a rock, but this time God specifically said to speak to the rock.
So Moses and Aaron take the rod out to the rock but instead of speaking to the rock Moses hits the rock 2 times. What do you think happened? Well God did provide the water, because if He hadn’t then the people would have been the ones being punished and for once they weren’t the ones who sinned!! But Moses had to pay the price for his sin. Because he hit the rock instead of speaking to it, he would not be allowed to enter the Promised Land when the others did.
Now you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? God told him to get water from a rock, so he did? Why is that so wrong?” And if God had just told Moses to get water from the rock, it wouldn’t have been a sin to hit the rock, it was okay before. However, God had given Moses specific instructions and Moses didn’t follow them. Therefore it was sin. Any time we do something different than what we were told to do, it is wrong. If the person giving the instructions isn’t specific about how to do it then you can do it any way you want. But if they tell you to do it one way and you do it another, it is still wrong even though you got the job done. We have to be careful to do exactly what is right, not just close enough!
Tell your child to go someplace specific. Have them go back to the start point. Tell them to go back to the end point but give specific instructions to go a way different then how they went before. (Example: Tell them they must crawl under the kitchen table on the way!) When they get to the end point talk about how the first time they went it wasn’t a sin but if they did it that way the second it would be. Talk about how God doesn’t hold us accountable for things we don’t know are wrong, just when we do.