Summary: Moses, Called of God, Filled with Rage

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Moses, Called of God, Filled with Rage

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There are five levels of intensity in the emotion anger.

The first level of anger is irritation.

This is a feeling of uneasiness that is brought about by an unpleasant disturbance.

Irritation is a feeling of being annoyed or distressed.

It causes resentment.

The second level of anger is indignation.

Indignation is a reaction to something that is perceived to be unreasonable or unfair.

This is typified as righteous anger or outrage.

The third level of anger is wrath.

When anger reaches this level, it must be expressed in some way.

Wrath is belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong.

This is intense anger.

Wrath comes with a strong desire to avenge or defend oneself.

The fourth level of anger is fury.

Fury is usually manifested in acts of violence that are accompanied by a loss of control.

Fury is defined as a state of violent mental agitation, being wild or turbulent.

The fifth level of anger is rage.

Rage is the most hostile and dangerous stage.

Rage can overcome people with explosive acts of brutality that are devoid of any conscious awareness of their violent outburst.

Bible Characters: Moses, Part 17: The matter of anger, a moment of rage.

Bible Characters, Moses

Bible Characters: Moses, Part 17: The matter of anger, a moment of rage.

Numbers 20:1–13 (NIV84)

1In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.

2Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron.

3They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord!

4Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here?

5Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”

6Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.

7The Lord said to Moses,

8“Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

9So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him.

10He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”

11Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

12But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

13These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he showed himself holy among them.

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