Wow! That gives new meaning to “water from a rock,” doesn’t it! That is recent video from a flash flood in the Israeli desert, near the Dead Sea. But I believe there is a Biblical principle to be gleaned from that incredible sight. Let’s start with this passage from Exodus 17:3-6:
But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile,and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they complained. This passage describes a time they grumbled for lack of water, and the Lord commanded Moses to strike a rock with his staff. Water came out and the people drank. 1 Corinthians 10:4 tells us the people drank “spiritual drink,” and the Rock was Christ!
Interestingly, while in the wilderness, the people also ate manna, which was also a picture of Christ, the Bread of Life. In fact, Jesus identifies Himself as both the Bread of Life and the One who takes away our thirst in John 6:35!
Later, despite God’s provision, the children of Israel found themselves complaining once again of lack of water, and God gave Moses different instructions in Numbers 20:8: speak to the rock. You see, the Rock had already been smitten and, according to God’s instruction, Moses needed only to speak to the rock.
Now, consider the lesson for us. Jesus Christ, our Rock, was smitten almost 2,000 years ago. Crucified, He became our Rock of Salvation. Today, we simply need to speak to Him, as He need not be crucified again. God is satisfied with what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Just as the Israelites partook of spiritual drink, so we reap spiritual blessings through Jesus our Rock. Those spiritual blessings gush from the Rock:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Today, as you see water seemingly gush from this rock in Israel, just know that from our Rock, Jesus Christ, flows an abundant fountain of blessing. Perhaps your tongue is parched and you thirst for a spiritual drink. Do you have doubts? Are you lonely? Is sin robbing you of joy?
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Jesus our Rock invites us to come and drink freely. But here is my favorite part:
Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Ahhhh….let’s drink deeply, so that fountain of living water will flow out of us! In fact, if you know of someone who is thirsty, please share this encouragement with them!