Don’t Strike The Rock For Water


When Moses was leading the rebellious Israelites through the desert he had to get them water to drink so they would survive, God told Moses to speak to the rock so water will flow out and they could drink:

“6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. 7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 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. Moses, who was already frustrated with the rebelliousness and the murmerings of the people disobeyed God and struck the rock with his staff: 9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.” Numbers 20:6-11

This upset God because Moses dealt with the rock “his way” and not the way God had instructed him and for this act of disobedience God did not let Moses into the Promised Land:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”¬†Numbers 20:12¬†

Today people are still doing this and will miss out on the Promised Land Heaven because of it. What makes you think that God will look the other way in dealing with you but keep the great prophet of God Moses out of the Promised Land? The Bible says that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and He is the Rock:

“10 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

Out of our Rock which is Jesus flows living water and that water is salvation:

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

Jesus gives us a clear way to come to Him to receive this water. The problem is that the world wants to “strike the rock” their way instead of speaking to the Rock, repenting of our sins and begging Him for forgiveness and to save us. Different cults will teach different ways the Rock must be struck such as you must go to church on Saturday to be saved, you must give a certain amount of money, or you have to speak in tongues to be saved, you must go through Mary and the pope, or you can keep sinning and doing whatever you want just repeat a prayer then it is “once saved always saved”. All of these and many more are different ways to strike The Rock which is different from the way that God instructed us to go to the Rock (Jesus) for living water (eternal life in Heaven). We are not saved by our own merit and works and are not saved if we keep sinning and not repenting. God told Moses to speak to the rock to get water, not strike it. Your sin already has struck Jesus and if you keep striking Him you will go to Hell. It is time to speak to Him and develop a relationship with Him to receive living water. The Bible says we are saved by Grace through faith and that Grace we are saved by will change our lives and save us from sin and Hell.

“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12

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