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Smite the rock.


Joined December 2007

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Biro pen on A4 paper

Exo 17:6
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

The thirsty souls in the wilderness murmured against Moses and cried out for water, so God told Moses to take his staff and smite the rock. He did and out gushed the water upon the thirsty.. Miraculous enough was this event in its time, but as it so often is in the Old Testament, the people couldn’t know the spiritual significance of the events they were caught up in.
For the bible teaches that Christ is the Rock, and thee most crucial event in the book is the smoting of Christ, sealed by His immortal line ‘it is finished’ . Once Christ was smote his human mission was complete, no sacrifice or blood is necessary thereafter, the way is opened up for all humanity to have direct communion with God through his son.
So this Moses rock smoting incident had powerful spiritual meaning, and when Israel began murmuring and asking for more water, God told Moses to go back to the rock and this time ‘talk’ to it (the line of communication now open)
Num 20:8
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.

- but a hot-headed Moses never listened, and instead he smote it again with his staff

An awesome spiritual blasphemy of re-slaying the messiah, a blasphemy beyond his earthly comprehension, Moses would not enter the promised land he had strived towards for so many years, his story culminating in an emotion stirring scene where he sits on the mountain looking down on the land he had led his people to, but would never set foot in , such are the amazing tales that pour out of the book

Psa 114:8
_ Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters._

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