To give some insight to the size of this rock, if you were standing at the base of this photo, you would only be as tall as the smallest bolder pictured.
Background on giving water from rocks!
The Rock at Horeb was not the first place the Lord had provided water for the Children of Israel. It is the place where Moses got into trouble with the Lord for his disobedience though and prevented him from entering the land of Canaan.
In the book of Exodus, the Children of Israel had journeyed from the wilderness of Sin to a place called Rephidim where there was no water. At this point they began to murmur against Moses and were at the point of stoning him because they thought they had been led into this desert place to die of thirst. Moses in his anxious state called upon God and ask him what he should do?
Note: Who and what is involved in this particular event!
Exodus 17: And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
The elders represent the wisdom of Israel along with their spiritual leadership.
The rod represented the power of God and set Moses apart as the one who has power and access to do miracles using this rod. The rod as well as Moses had become a point of power to the people. Remember when Moses rod swallowed up the rods of the magicians? When Moses held it out over the Sea and it parted, etc. The people saw the power in the rod or staff as some call it.
The photo below is obviously not a photo of the rod of Moses as there are no actual photos of him but it shows a staff or rod like the one that might have been used by him.
This unlike the shepherds staff does not have the crook or hook on the end.
The Children of Israel had learned to look to Mose and his staff for their needs! God provided them water here as Moses smothe the rock and it gave forth water. Let us remember there were several million people and their herds to water. This was no small event!
The Rock at Horeb ~ Lesson Learned
Numbers Chapter 20:
As the Children of Israel continues their trek through the wilderness they again came upon a place where they were out of water to drink.
As before, they became belligerent and angry at Moses for bringing them out into this hot and arid wilderness to die!
They began to remind him of what they had left behind in Egypt!
- Seeds to grow vegetables
- Water of plenty
Numbers 20: 5. And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
So, here they are again! Moses and Aaron fall on their faces before God and ask instructions again.
Numbers 20: 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.
Notice in this passage God instructs to take Aaron his brother and his rod and to just speak to the rock for it to give forth water.
Moses in his anger takes his rod and rebukes the Children of Israel and then smites the rock twice. God in his mercy still gives water out of the rock so the people, their cattle, sheep, etc can have water to drink and not perish but He is angry with Moses for not following directions.
Numbers 20: 12 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.
God rebuked Moses for not believing him!
Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses felt he needed to use the rod and smite the rock to get water. Apparently from this passage, Moses felt like speaking to the rock was not sufficient. Therefore, he had not sanctified God in the eyes of the Children Israel. Moses had learned to put more trust in his staff or rod than the words of God.
How many times do we learn a process in doing things and when God givew us or instructs us in spirit to move or do something in a certain way, we fall back on what we are familiar with or what we have tested to work previously and miss the blessing God intended for us all along?
Learning to listen is something that I cannot stress the importance enough. I know we have our instructions written in the word of God but there are times God ask us to step out of our comfort zones and do things a little differently or even radical sometimes.
Learning to hear his voice and be obedient to it is of utmost importance.
Don't miss the blesssings God has in store for you by not listening.