Summary: Explores God’s view of success.
Water from the Rock
Grant van Boeschoten
June 24, 2007
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty--you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.’
Zech 4:6 (TLB)
A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later....
"I’m thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?"
"No. You had your chance. Lights out."
Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad....."
"I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"
"I told you NO!" If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you!!"
Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad....."
"When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?"
That is what I call a genuine cry for water.
In Exodus 17, the Israelites are crying out to Moses for water, they are so desperate that Moses is scared that they are about to stone him. Their miraculous exodus from Egypt has just begun. Only a few chapters ago God parted the seas for them and closed the sea on the Egyptian Army.
In Chapter 16 he gave them Manna from Heaven when they were hungry.
Now in Chapter 17 they are complaining that they don’t have anything to drink. They have seen miracle after miracle, but that doesn’t change their thirst. And so they start to blame Moses, the representative of God for their problems.
Moses is taken back by their complaining accusations. He says to God “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” Ex 17:4 (NRSV)
The LORD said to Moses, "Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink."
Exodus 17:5-6 (NRSV)
Moses follows God’s directions and as he strikes the rock the water begins to flow.
And God was with Moses and the Israelites. They came upon Mount Sinai where the presence of God descended on the mountain in a fire. The whole mountain shook and when Moses spoke to God, God replied in the Thunder for everyone to hear.
Surely, God was with his children, the children of Israel.
The 10 Commandments were given; time passed, and the Israelites moved forward in their destiny of possessing the Promised Land.
For Moses, the Promised Land would mean satisfaction. He had been created by God to lead the people out of the slavery of Egypt into the blessings and promises of a new land that God had designed the Israelite nation to possess.
Entering that Promised Land would be the fulfillment of God’s promise and design on Moses life.
Sadly, the Israelites did not trust God to carry out his promises for them. In preparation to enter Canaan, which was the Promised Land, 12 spies were sent to scout out the land.
They returned with this report. The land was as good as God said it would be, the even likened it to flowing with Milk and Honey. BUT, the land was possessed by Giants, the descendents of Anak, and the cities were well fortified with walls and strong armies.