Exodus 17 Water from the Rock – Deliverance from the Amalekites Rev. Sharon Wooten
Exodus 17 Water from the Rock – Deliverance from the Amalekites.
Do What God Says:
Read Exodus 17:1-7 Water from a Rock. “1Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.”
So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”
3 And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” (Amongst)
4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”
- The Children of Israel had stopped trusting God and were looking to Moses as their source and provider. Don’t let people look to you as their source.
5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
- Note the Word “Meribah” which means contention. Pictures of where they believe this place to be – very dry and very rocky. We see it again in Numbers 20.
- Children of Israel without water again.
- Instruction from God this time: Take your rod. Speak to the rock.
Numbers 20:7 7Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
13 This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.
Numbers 20: 11-13
11 Then Moses raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded]. And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank [fresh water]. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” 13 These are the waters of Meribah (contention, strife), where the sons of Israel contended with the Lord, and He showed Himself holy among them.
Both times there was water out of the rock. Second time there was disobedience on the Moses’ part.
- I thought that God punished Moses just because he struck instead of speaking. His disobedience was the fruit of his heart. God called him out for the condition of his heart.
- He lost his temper and he took matters into his own hands. I believe that the word “We” was referring to him and Aaron. Numbers 20:10 “…Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” He was being led in that moment from his soul (mind, will and emotions). He was being what we call in the New Testament – Carnal. A Carnal response never honors God as holy. A Carnal response has moved out of the realm of trusting or believing God. Carnal mind is at enmity with God. Rom. 8. Peter was rebuked by Jesus after Peter had rebuked Jesus, Matthew 16:22,23 “22Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” “Without faith it is impossible to please God…” Hebrews 11:6
- He lost his temper and assumed he could do things like they had been done before instead of the new thing God had said. Speak! We must not make any assumptions with the ways of God. Just because God has done things one way through us, doesn’t mean He may always do it that way. (Pastors and leaders we are going to be tempted to do some things just the way we have always done them. God is doing a new thing. We have to find out what it is and obey. Don’t assume. Don’t take God’s ways for granted.) God’s message never changes but His methods can.
- Obedience comes out of trust, and obedience to God always honors the Lord as Holy.
- God was “hallowed” but not by Moses and Aaron. He “hallowed” or honored Himself by bringing forth water from the rock. Moses and Aaron knew they could have never done that. They probably knew right away that they had done things wrongly.
- God will be honored and glorified in the earth. We can partner with Him in doing that or He will do it Himself. Why? Because God wants to be known among the peoples of the earth. Jesus came to reveal the Father to a world full of orphans. We are here as His Children to reveal Him too.
- Leviticus10:1-3 “Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me, I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace.”
Moses brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt but, because he made this mistake, he could not bring them into the Promised Land. God chose Joshua to do that. Moses brought them out but Joshua brought them in. The Promised Land today is the life of living out the promises of God on this earth. Heaven on earth.
Trust and believe God. Walk in obedience to His instruction. He has a great plan ahead. An abundant life of living the promises. Don’t forfeit your promised land! Trust God.