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Speak To The Rock
We read in Numbers 20 that the children of Israel had come to Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin and there was no water there. Previously while they were camped in Horeb, Moses has struck a Rock in obedience to the Lord’s command and water gushed forth. Once again they needed a miracle from heaven. Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God and asked for His help. Moses was instructed to call all of the assembly together and to speak to the Rock in their presence. We all know that Moses became angry at the children of Israel and smote instead of speaking to the Rock and he paid a heavy penalty for his disobedience. Things might have been a whole lot different if he had obeyed and spoken to the Rock.
Numbers 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.
1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Jewish legend claims that an actual rock rolled along with the children of Israel in the desert and gave a continuous supply of water, when the elders gathered and sang, “Spring Up O Rock.” I don’t know if that is true or not, but I do know that Christ followed them every step of the way on their journey through the wilderness. The very Word of God that was in the beginning with God and was God (John 1:1) was manifested to Israel as the Angel of Jehovah. It was He who followed them throughout all of their journey and who stood upon the Rock in Horeb when Moses first brought forth water (Ex. 17:6).
He is also the One who was manifested in flesh for our salvation (John 1:14, Gal. 4:4). He was an endless supply of natural water to Israel and is an endless supply of spiritual water to us. He told us in John 7:37-38 that if any man is thirsty, he need only to come to Jesus and drink of the living water that would be gushing forth out of his innermost being. This endless supply of water, which is the Spirit of Jesus Himself, was purchased when Jesus our Rock was smitten on Calvary. He endured the cross and ascended to the throne of God. We smite no more! We now have the privilege of simply speaking to Him. We can come boldly to the throne to obtain help in the time of need (Heb. 4:16).
We need only to speak to Him. He knows our every thought and desire. He knows our successes and failures. His ear is constantly listening for the faintest cry from us His children (Mt. 18:12). Just as He followed Israel every step of the way through their journey, He is following us (Pro. 15:3). Just as He grieved over the failure of Jerusalem to accept Him, He grieves over us when we miss the mark (Eph. 4:30). Just as an earthly father rejoiced when his prodigal son returned (Luke 15:24), He and the angels of heaven rejoice when we confess and forsake our sin (Luke 15:10).
Sometimes when times are good, we slack off on talking to Him. Well, times are changing and we need to be speaking to the Rock. He has promised to provide our physical daily bread (Mt. 6:11), but for most of us, physical bread is not what we lack the most. Our need is for the eternal Christ who was manifested to us as the Bread of Heaven (John 6:58) and who has promised to give us living water to satisfy our spiritual thirst. He promised to never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) and to go with us until the end of the world (Mt. 28:20). He loved His disciples until the bitter end (John 13:1) even after they all had fled and He loves us with equal passion (Ro. 8:35).
Maybe you haven’t spoken to Him for a while or perhaps you just finished. How about giving Him a call right now and speak to your Rock. Tell him how much you love and appreciate Him. He’ll be delighted and you will be blessed.
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