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“Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink.” Exodus 17:6


Many times in our Christian walk God leads us into difficult situations for us to depend upon Him. In Exodus 17 Israel was led into a desert by God for them to demonstrate their faith. Instead, they murmured and rebelled. They sinned before God, but what did God do? God said to Moses, “I will stand before thee there upon the rock.” What an astonishing statement! God by His free will stood upon the rock identifying with the rock that was to be smitten, which also meant that God identified with these rebellious sinners. Instead of smiting the rebels, the LORD instructs Moses to smite the rock. If the LORD justly smote the rebels there would be a river of blood in the desert, but rather the LORD God condescended to show grace and love toward His people. As Moses lifts the rod of judgment and strikes the rock, water came out for the people to drink. God stood upon the rock to take the judgment for His people so that a river of life-giving water would flow out to them.

It’s truly a miracle for water to come out of a rock. Going to a rock for water is not natural. Marshall County is full of rock, but you cannot find one rock giving water. You may find some wet rocks around Rock Creek, but not a life-giving rock producing water. What a miracle! No one would expect water from a dry desert rock.

This miracle had even a greater meaning because it is an object lesson pre-figuring the Christ who would identify Himself with sinners by being smitten upon the cross in their place.   Can you see Christ in this account?   Clearly, the Old Testament and the New Testament are all about Christ if we have the spiritual eyes to see it. There are bloodstained pages from Genesis to Revelation, and the blood is the blood of Christ. When we miss Christ, we miss the message. The apostle Paul makes this clear when he comments on Exodus 17.   Paul said that Israel “drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ 1 Corinthians 10:4.

Dear child of God, Christ did much more than just pay for your sins at Calvary?   When He was smitten upon the cross, a river of free grace flowed out of Him and it continues to flow in order to cleanse you, and to refresh you as you walk in this filthy world. That is why Christ our “Rock-water” miraculously revives, rejuvenates, regenerates, and refreshes the soul now and eternally. Are you thirsty? Come to the Rock!  – (Printed in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

Lewisburg, TN

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