Summary: Today we want to talk about being angry when bad things are being done which is right, but we will look at Moses who did the right thing but did it the wrong way.
Right thing the wrong way Pt. 5
Moses correcting the complaining Israelites
A. We are continuing our sermon series, “Doing the right thing the wrong way.” A right thing done in a wrong way can be as disastrous as either not doing it at all or even doing a wrong thing. It brings confusion. People know it is right, but they also know there is something wrong about how it is being done and it bring confusion. It leaves a bad taste in their mouth for the things of God. Often when people do the right thing the wrong way it turns people away from God. God wants us to do the right thing, but He wants us to do it the right way. This has a lot to do with the attitude of our hearts and simple obedience to God’s ways.
B. We looked at the two men who prayed. One prayed the right way and one prayed the wrong way. It was not the words that they said that made it right or wrong. It was the condition of their hearts that determined whether they prayed the right way or the wrong way.
C. We looked at two men who built houses, one did it right and one did it wrong. It was good that they built houses but one built his house on the ways of the world. He was disobedient to God’s ways and the end was destruction.
D. We looked at the two people who questioned God. It is all right to question God but there is a right way to do it and a wrong way.
E. Last week we looked at the story of King David who was being zealous for God, which is the right thing but decided he would do things his own way, that God’s way was just not relevant anymore or a bit old fashion. It caused serious problems and brought the judgment of God.
F. Today we want to talk about being angry when bad things are being done which is right, but we will look at Moses who did the right thing but did it the wrong way. We will be reading in several passages but we will be starting in Numbers today but before we do …
Honor God’s Word
A. Psalm 119:14 “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.”
B. How can you ‘rejoice’ in God’s testimonies or His Word? It starts with reading it and then stopping and praying about it. I think one of the main reasons most people do not retain what they read is because they just read it and then put it down.
C. It is always best to stop and pray about what you just read. Ask God to give you understanding about what you read and then pray about it.
Which of the following causes people the most anger?
1. People who text while their having a conversation with you.
2. People who are always late!
3. Companies that make you scroll through a zillion options before you can speak to a live person.
A. There are so many things can made us angry.
B. People who drive crazy, especially those that slow down to look at something going on, on the other side of the freeway
C. How about people who talk during the movies?
D. Companies that outsource their work to people in other countries who cannot speak English!
E. Our government, which continues to spend more and more money putting our country deeper in debt to China!
F. People who are rude. There is just no good reason for being rude. Like people who cut in line.
G. Getting in a line at the store that moves slower than all the other lines.
H. Computers not working right!
I. Anger is present in all of our lives. We have all ‘lost it’ with strangers, family or friends at one time or another. For some of us though, anger seems to show up more than we like to admit. We are living in a society that has a major problem with anger
J. Road rage is a term used to describe our reactions to those who we feel are unfit to drive on the highways. There is even now a new term ‘Air Rage’ used to describe disgruntled passengers who are growing increasingly upset with the airline industry. So they take their frustrations out on airline personnel.
K. CORRECT ANSWER: What makes us angry the most? NONE of them MAKE us angry. We decide whether or not to be angry. It is an emotion that we feel but how we deal with it is the important think.
L. Let’s take a look at what God’s Word has to say about handling anger.