And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
In moving forward we must say that the bible records that there was no man as meek as Moses until this time. Numbers 12:3.
So your correspondent is not in a position to judge this strange action of Moses that cost him entry into the Promised Land. But this is written as an example for us.
Now, observe, Moses and Aaron gathered the people together which was the second of the three steps God asked them to do to get water in verse 8.
However, Moses derailed from the script at this point and now yelled at them as rebels. He had taken to judging them.
Even the manner of speaking was derogatory, he looked down on them.
Maybe he wanted to chide back at them after they did to him at Rephidim, Exodus 17:2.
But that must not be the path of a leader. He must not always chide. Psalm 103:9.
Some of our leaders are hot tempered and it was regrettable that a popular pastor came out recently to say that anger is his problem.
Beloved, James tells us to be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath. This is cos the anger of man can never bring about the righteousness that God desires.
When we say we are angry for holiness, you know deep inside the main issue is that your authority or instruction has been breached and that is what is agitating you. The slight on your authority and person is at issue.
Beloved, don’t get angry for God, cos if God were to get angry at times we slighted Him, no one will survive.