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Summary: Comparing water from the rock and our need for Christ

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Water From The Rock

- The human body is 2/3 water.

- By the time you are 70-years-old, you will have required 1½ million gallons of water.

- Studies show that increasing water consumption can decrease fat deposits. Water is a natural appetite suppressant.

- The body absorbs cold water faster than hot water

- “ABC Science Online Thirst makes you feel more pain”

Australian pain expert Dr Michael Farrell study claims Going without a drink can make you more sensitive to pain

- If you loose 2% of your body’s water supply, your energy will decrease by 20%. A 10% decrease in water, you will be unable to walk, and a 20% decrease – you’re dead.

- The need for water began their journey - Ex. 17:1-7

- The need for water ends their journey - Num 20:1-13

- Almost identical in comparison

- Other references to note

I Cor. 10:4 - Paul - It followed them

Jn 4:10-14 - Christ the source of living water

A Rock speaks of Shelter, Safety, Durability, Strength.

I. A Desperate Need.

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1. Empty Outside.

"There was no water" (v. 1).

- World can’t supply the needs of the soul.

- Separated from the Cross of Christ, our life is barren and empty

2. Empty Inside.

"The people thirsted" (v. 2-3).

- Out of resources

- Out of Ideas

- Desperation sets in

- The blame game begins

- Forgetful of salvation

- Begins with v.2 “chide” - to have words of opposition

- Ends with v. 3 “mummer”

Relentless Blame and howling

- Our frustrated emptiness has finds nowhere to be filled but in the Lord

II. An Amazing Supply.

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"There shall come out water" (v. 6).

1. It Came from an Unrecognized Source .

- Water from dust – unheard of

- Worldly wisdom could not by

- Desperation needs turn to the Lord

- Life from a virgin unheard of

- Life from the crucified one impossible

- Isa. 55. 8 My ways are not as your ways, saith the Lord

2. It Came from a God-Possessed Source.

"I will stand upon the rock" (v. 6).

- The rock in Horeb of itself could do nothing, but God in the rock could do anything.

- The rock represents the human nature of the Lord Jesus

- God on the rock, His divine power and Godhead.

- The source of our salvation is in God, the channel of communication is Jesus. He is ’ ’both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2. 36).

III. Right Methods.

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1. Strike

"Thou shalt smite the rock" (v. 6).

- This thought does not come from man - Salvation by smiting the anointed of God.

- (Isa. 53. 5)."But He was wounded for our transgressions, with His stripes we are healed"

2. Strike With a Rod.

- v. 5 "Thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand’’

- Ex. 7:17 Rod of judgment that turned the river into blood,

- Ex. 14:15 - Sign of God’s authority and power over the Red Sea

- Isa. 53. 10 "It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; HE hath put Him to grief"

IV. Blessings Received

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1. It Was Abundant .

- Ps 78:20 "The waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed"

1 Cor 10:4 - "They did all drink the same spiritual drink."

- When Christ, our Rock, was smitten, "forthwith came there out blood and water," emblems of a full salvation, atonement, and cleansing.


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