WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME TODAY
DEVOTIONAL: Speak To The Rock
February 12, 2001
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1 Corinthians 10:4
"And they did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that
followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he
commanded him. 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? 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. 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.
This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and
he was sanctified in them."
"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD
of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon
the little ones."
I wonder if any of you have done as I have done and have wondered why the LORD was so
hard with Moses ? I mean, seriously, the scripture says that Moses was faithful in all God's
house and that he was the most humble man on Earth. Yet, with this one mistake, he was
denied entry into the land that he had wandered forty years to enter.
I was led of the Lord to consider these three scriptures together today and they help me to
understand why this offense was so serious. You see, the scripture reveals that the rock,
which was struck by Moses, was Christ. Moses, in anger, chose to strike that Rock. He struck
Christ! Now, I ask you, who was Moses angry with? The people, or with God? Moses was
angry with God. The reason the offense was so serious is that Moses knew that he was
striking Christ, or the spiritual symbol of Christ.
Previously, Moses had been commanded by God to strke the Rock (Exodus 17:6). He obeyed,
as He had done when he had struck the river with his rod. Both times previous, he had struck
the rock and had obeyed God. This time was different.
Truly, the scripture records that the day would come when the rock, Christ was to be
struck. On that day, the sheep would be scattered. But He can only be struck by His own
permission. And He could only be struck once. The second time, He was to come as
a lion, not as a stricken lamb. The Father must give the Son. The Son must yield to the
striking. No one can take the Son's life away, but he will lay it down of his own accord.
And so, the Rock may only be struck with permission, and then, struck only once.
Moses strikes not once but twice. Had not God told Moses to instruct the people to
gather twice as much food on the day of preparation prior to the Sabbath day? We today
know that Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest...our Sabbath day. Again, Moses displays before
God, the anger that Moses had for God, in a way the people could not detect. The people
would interpret that Moses was angry with them by the actions of Moses, yet God sees the
And then we have the matter of God's insistence on being sanctified, or set apart. Is it not
indeed chilling to note that not even Moses could escape unscathed from this infraction. Moses
failed to set apart that Rock and God's instruction's concerning it as holy and inviolable. The
scripture ends with the postscript that by taking action against Moses, God has sanctified
himself before the people. God has done what Moses failed to do. Apparently, God had
to do this, at any cost. God had to be set apart and sanctified and treated in a holy way
under that covenant and that time, or He himself would sanctify himself, for He is Holy.
Yes, our God is a consuming fire, and it is too much for me...I am undone. For as Isaiah, I
am a man on unclean lips among a people of great uncleanness. Like Moses, I am flawed
and prone to anger and error. I have even been angry with God. The only difference is that
my errors lie beyond the great atonement. I look back upon the atonement and upon the
mediator of it. Moses looked forward to it and knew only the Great and Terrible God of Sinai.
Job looked for a mediator too. You and I have one.
As I lift Holy hands in prayer tonight, and boldly go before the throne of grace, I remember
with reverence the Holy God who lies behind, who still stands behind my mediator Jesus.
He is still a consumming fire. He must still be sanctified in the eyes of His people, lest He
sanctify himself in their eyes. This causes me to be all the more thankful for what Jesus, my
Lord and saviour has accomplished for me.
I have struck the rock, yes even twice. Yet I still live and serve my Lord as a forgiven man,
walking in the grace that was purchased for me by the blood of the risen Lord. Thank you
Jesus for your work as mediator between me and the Father. Thank you Lord that I may
approach boldly, without fear. And yet, I remember....and I tremble, just a bit, in reverence
before the God of heaven and earth. That is as it should be!
Stephen L. Bening
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