Water from a Rock

Bible:

All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:1-7 ESV

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:1-7a ESV

Reflection:

Have you ever heard the story about stone soup? A hungry man knocked on the door of an old woman’s house, and asked if she could give him something to eat. She said she didn’t have any food to give him. Then he told her that he had a magic stone, and that if she boiled it in a pot of water, it would make wonderful soup. She was amazed, and she put the stone in the pot. He kept telling her how wonderful the soup would be, but he tricked her into adding more and more of her food–salt and barley and carrots and onions and even a chicken!–until in the end they had wonderful soup. The old woman couldn’t get over what wonderful soup came from a stone!

It’s really impossible to get soup from a stone, or water from a rock, unless God makes it happen. When his people were thirsty in the desert, he brought water out of the rock for them. It’s wasn’t a trick; it was a miracle. The people were very worried because they needed water, and there wasn’t any to be found in the desert. They were afraid they and their children and animals would die if they didn’t get water soon, but it was very foolish of them to worry. They had seen so much of God’s power, and he had done so many miracles for them, that an amazing thing like water coming out of a rock shouldn’t have been at all hard for them to believe. But they kept on forgetting that God was with them, leading them and helping them.

God is also with us, always ready to hear our prayers and help us. The Bible calls him the “rock of our salvation.” A rock is something strong and sturdy that we can always depend on for help. God sent us help when he sent Jesus to die for us. Because of Jesus, all our sins are forgiven, and we know that God loves us and will stay with us forever.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and saving us through Jesus. In His Name, Amen.

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