Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ask the rock

Num 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
Num 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
Num 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Num 20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
Num 20:10 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?
Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Num 20:13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

Most of the faithless generation had died in the wilderness, but now their children were complaining. Moses was close to finishing his 40 year trek that had begun when he was 80 years old. Forty years of hearing the complaints and faithfully following God. Now, he makes a transgression of God's command. Why was it so important to just speak to the rock? Moses was told to speak to the rock this time, not to strike it. When he struck the rock twice, God was still merciful and the water came out, but Moses was told that he would not be going into the promise land. The rock in the old covenant story was a symbol for Jesus. Jesus was struck down once on the cross, never to be stricken again. Now we are to speak to the rock. We are to pray to the Rock of ages. We may ask the Rock for his blessings in God's will. Jesus is the Rock and as I meditated on this story a scripture passage came to mind that perfectly illustrates the command to speak to the Rock that was a type of, or an illustration of Jesus. In this New Testament story, Jesus made a side trip through Samaria to speak to an outcast woman at the well. Again water is the subject.

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Joh 4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

We are to ask Jesus for the water, the Living water, the Holy Spirit.

Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Jesus, the Rock is one with God the Father. We may ask Jesus and we may ask our Heavenly Father for the Living Water. Ye must be born again of his Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. Ask him to remove your sins and to make you a child of God. Let the Living Water flow from your innermost being.

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