Exodus 17:6 NASB “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
Is this the rock at Horeb that Moses struck to obtain water for the Israelites while in the wilderness? Well, this picture is from Horeb and it definitely does appear to be split but no ones knows for sure and it doesn’t really matter if we know exactly if this is “the” rock.
The “rock” was a physical representation of a spiritual truth. That rock represented Christ who would be struck once for us and from that rock would come forth life giving water which represents the indwelling life giving Spirit of God. And then we have the incident later on in the wanderings of the wilderness where Moses was to speak to this rock again so that water could once again come forth and you will recall that Moses didn’t speak to the rock but rather he struck it again twice as recorded in Numbers 20:8-11. The significance of Moses striking the rock again twice violated the truth that the rock represented and Moses didn’t get to go into the promised land because of it. Yes, that was a biggie and bear in mind that Moses was no slouch when it came to obeying God to the letter in the vast majority of times. One doesn’t have to read through the Bible too many times to come to the understanding that details are important to God, because physical details are often used by God to specifically define spiritual truths.
The Apostle Paul speaks of these events in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 where he says: “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and they all passed through the sea; and they all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and they all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.” (emphasis mine)
The Apostle John also links the Spirit of God association in John 7:37-38 where he says: “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (emphasis mine)
There are many other Scripture verses that validate this physical/spiritual connection but the purpose of this post is not to go into an in-depth study on the “rock”, tempting though that is.
Psalm 18:2 is one of my favourites. It reads” The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my savior,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
These last few months have been challenging, to say the least, for many of us due to the implications of Covid-19 and the ongoing election process in the United States. Many of the norms that we are used to, have been disrupted or where the loss of life is involved, changed. And to make matters worse, there is a huge division within the minds of many on the particular reasoning behind the cause and effect of many aspects of what is taking place.
But for some, it has also been a time of reflection and refining, where what is important to our physical, mental and spiritual well being has come to the forefront of our awareness and the preciousness of that realization is significant.
Listen to the words of Psalm 18:2 again: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my savior,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.“
The relationship we have with Jesus is precious. Feeding on His Word, spending time with Him in prayer and lifting one another up in prayer and supplication as we become aware of one another’s needs has been both enlightening and encouraging. Many have needs that far surpass our own. Many are facing challenges that make our walk seem like child’s play. And God has been faithful as He always is. When we truly seek Him, He replaces discord with His peace, anger and resentment with acceptance and forgiveness and most importantly, where there is an unsettled mind and spirit, a steadfast confidence in the reality that He and He alone controls all that is happening around us and our one focus is as always, to be on Him.
Years ago there was a bumper sticker that said “Feel distant from God? Who moved?” That is sound advice. When all is said and done, God is real and His testimony of Himself to us through the person of His Son Jesus, the Christ, is as real as it gets. We don’t need to understand it all, what we do need to do is focus on the One who does. Jesus told us to focus and learn of Him (Matthew 11:29). That also is sound advice. Don’t allow the side ramps in this life to take you off course.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!