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Exodus 17:1-7 Thought/Prayer:  A Biblical Strike!  Topics:  2 at end.

“All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to Yahweh’s commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yahweh?’ The people were thirsty for water there; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?’ Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, ‘What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Walk on before the people, and take the elders of Israel with you, and take the rod in your hand with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb. You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.’ Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because the children of Israel quarreled, and because they tested Yahweh, saying, ‘Is Yahweh among us, or not?’” WEB   (Read this scripture and more at

The word strike can be used in so many ways, from a gold strike to striking a match so it will burn.  But in the Bible there is a strike that was extremely important, much more than even a gold strike in the “Gold Rush” days.  It was Moses’ strike against a rock in the desert, a hard old rock that then gushed forth with much-needed water for the Israelites.  In some ways we might say that Moses did strike it rich for his fellow countrymen.  Water, at that very moment, was as precious as gold.  Of course, we can go without gold . . . but not without water.

There were a huge number of thirsty people there that day – thousands upon thousands.  And in some way, God brought from that hard rock enough water to satisfy and to quench all those thirsty throats.  And it was all done with a rod (a stick it would seem).  But how in the world!

Well, in the world of Moses, a rod or staff was very important in keeping flocks in line and in beating off from the flock any unwanted creatures that had become interested in the shepherd’s animals.  They could be used as a walking stick – and we know how much and how far the Children of Israel walked through that wilderness. 

But God has Moses using a rod for performing miracles.  I fact, the same rod that he used for miracles in the Nile River was used here to strike a rock for water.  With the Nile, God brought blood.  Here God brings relief through the striking of a rock for something positive:  drinking water.  And Moses did it.

Moses did it because he was obedient.  He was just took that rod and hit that rock.  Was it because he knew already that the rod could be used in this way?  We don’t know.  But use it he did.  And the results were what he asked for and what God planned.  Obedience in this case solved a great problem – thirst – for that huge crowd on the move. 

Lord, help us to be obedient like Moses, even when you ask us to do things that might seem a bit strange.  Even if there is something we are to do in working to save unborn babies’ lives and the lives of the elderly or the infirm, let us be obedient.   

Topics:  Pray for wisdom to obey even when things seem unusual with God.
Sarah’s Hope

Posted by Gail Richardson on 06/30 at 08:54 PM
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