3/10/19 Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 20-21, Luke 16
Numbers 20:8-13 (ESV) “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and through them he showed himself holy.
20:2-13. Though Kadesh was normally a well-watered oasis, when Israel arrived there this time they found it dry. So they began to argue with Moses in their characteristic way (Ex. 17:1-2; Num. 14:2-3; etc.) and rebuke him for bringing them out of Egypt to this barren place. As he had done in the past, Moses sought the Lord’s counsel, falling facedown (cf. 14:5; 16:4, 22, 45; 22:31) in supplication. The LORD told him to take his staff in hand and speak to that rock and it would gush forth enough water for all the people and their livestock. The rock in question was probably one from which springs ordinarily flowed and from which they had drunk many times in the past. This is not the rock Paul referred to (1 Cor. 10:4) for Paul spoke of a “spiritual rock” which provides “spiritual drink.” That spiritual rock, Paul said, was the presence of the preincarnate Christ Himself.
The Lord told Moses only to speak to the rock for its flow must not be attributed to his own efforts but to the Lord’s miraculous provision. Moses, however, at the breaking point of his endurance and patience (he called the people rebels), drew attention to his own authority as covenant mediator by striking the rock twice with his staff. The water came because of God’s beneficent grace, but because Moses and Aaron had drawn attention to themselves rather than trusting in the LORD they were denied entrance to the Promised Land. The principle here is clear: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48). A lesser man than Moses might not have suffered such divine displeasure and denial. So striking was both the miracle and its aftermath that the place was called Meribah (“quarreling”).
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
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