MOSES AND THE ROCK

Exodus 17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?

3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

The first prototype is this—aren’t we in a spiritual wilderness today, with no (or very little) to drink? We will look at Amos 8:11 shortly. It adds more to this concept.

Exodus 17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5 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. 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 Israelites were in dire straits for lack of water, so God told Moses what to do. Moses did it and out came the water. He was told to “smite the rock.”

Now notice in Numbers 20 that the Israelites were in basically the same situation again:

Numbers 20:2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron…..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.

In verse 8, God gives Moses specific instructions on how to handle the situation:

Numbers 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.

In verses 10 and 11, notice how well Moses followed God’s instructions:

Numbers 20:10 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.

Moses did it his own way, human reasoning took over, or he lost his cool in a fit of anger. This is understandable since the Israelites, with Satan doing their thinking for them and speaking through their mouths, could drive anyone to anger.

Does Christ deal out punishment for blatant disobedience of God’s word? Notice verse 12:

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.

It is super important that we follow instructions from God as we wake up at the cry at midnight. Do you think that God’s punishment was too severe for the infraction? Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land because he lost his cool and struck the rock rather than speaking to it.

I thought the punishment was too severe until I understood prototypes. Since I’ve come to understand that the Bible contains prototypes and their end-time applications, I have understood that God had this incident written down forus.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Ensamples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zhodiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

So what is the message for us, the end-time Christians?

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

“Peter” is Strong’s #4074 meaning “a (piece of) rock...”

“Rock” is Strong’s #4073 meaning “a (mass of) rock...”

No doubt, as Christ was speaking, He was pointing at Peter, saying, “You are a piece of rock, but I am a mass of rock.”

We are instructed to build our house on this mass of rock:

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

Let’s get into the prototype, knowing that Christ is the mass of rock that we have to build our Christian lives on. Let’s examine the parallels between the ancient Israelites and us today, God’s Church. God’s end-time Church (family) comes from Israel and all nations. The 144,000 of Revelation 7:1-4 is completely different from the 144,000 of Revelation 14.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands………14….And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

If the concept of there being two groups of 144,000 is new to you, study Revelation 14:1,3 & 4:

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads……3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

“Earth” in verse 3 is Strong’s #1093: “soil; by extens. a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (include. the occupants in each application):—country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world.”

“Men” in verse 4 is Strong’s #444: “(the countenance) manfaced, i.e. a human being:—certain, man.”

It’s clear by these definitions that this 144,000 in Revelation 14 is not made up of strictly Israelites like the 144,000 of Revelation 7.

Were the ancient Israelites experiencing a physical famine of water? As I mentioned on page one, are we not, spiritually, in the same situation today?

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Notice the word “hearing” in verse 11. Does this indicate that the true sheep are being fed by their personal Bible study? If you came through the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) it sure does.

Doesn’t Amos 8:12 identify this famine as being in the end time?

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Since Matthew 25:5 is true, we are ALL asleep, with NO exceptions and are caught up in this famine of hearing the word. We, the end-time Christians, are dying from a lack of LIVING WATER.

This famine of Living Water keeps it’s vice grip of eternal death on us until Christ wakes us up with the cry at midnight:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

The virgins wake up and start to get their spiritual houses in order.

Do we beat the Rock (Jesus Christ) in the end time as Moses did? Or should we speak to the Rock and the Father in prayer as Moses was instructed to do? Moses was instructed by Christ in the second example (prototype) to speakto the rock and water would come forth to sustain life for the ancient Israelites.

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

If we, as members of the end-time Church, will speak to the Rock/Christ in prayer with the proper attitude, the Living Waters (Holy Spirit) will come forth in abundance for us—if we will believe and obey God’s written word.

Notice what Christ told the woman at the well:

John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

John 4:14 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.

Christ gives us the Living Waters, which will in turn give us eternal life if we will follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will LEAD us—it will not DRIVE us.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

“Guide” is Strong’s #3594 meaning, “to show the way, (lit. or fig. [teach]):—guide, lead.”

We will start waking up from at the cry at midnight which will be new spiritual truth. Since we are spiritually asleep, how does this happen? Revelation 3:20 tells us:

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Christ knocks on the door of our spiritual mind with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be trying to lead us into new spiritual understanding. Notice He doesn’t kick the door down. Deuteronomy 30:19 applies to everyone. We have tochoose—we won’t have salvation forced on us.

The “Spirit of truth” in John 16:13 (above) is the Comforter:

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

This is the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, which we will receive from the Rock/Christ if we will speak to the Rock (ask in prayer) instead of beating on it as Moses did in the prototype.

If we Christians in the end time don’t follow instructions, we will not receive eternal life. The instructions are clear to us here in the end time: Jesus is the Rock. If we speak to the Rock and the Father in prayer with the proper attitude, and if we are obeying His written word, we will obtain the Living Waters (Holy Spirit) to give us the spiritual nourishment we need to keep us spiritually alive. We can receive Living Waters, just as the ancient Israelites received physical water from the physical rock.

Published September, 1999

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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