Ask for Living Water

New JerusalemFirst Corinthians 10:4 tells us that the water flowing out of the rock in the desert portrayed the Spirit flowing from Christ. In Exodus 17:6 God said to Moses, “…you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink.” This is a picture of the river of water of life flowing in New Jerusalem for us to drink.

In Numbers  20:8 God said to Moses, “speak to the rock before their eyes, so that it yields its water. Thus you shall bring forth water for them out of the rock and give the assembly and their livestock a drink.” Why did God say to strike the rock once and to speak to the rock the second time?

In Exodus 17 the rod was used to smite, to strike, the rock. There, the rod was in the hand of Moses, who represented the law, and the rod represents the power and authority of the law. Christ was smitten by the law [see Gal. 2:19; 3:13]; He was cleft in order that the Spirit of life might flow out of Him. Since the rock had already been smitten in Exodus 17, there was no need for it to be smitten again in Numbers 20. Christ, typified by the rock, should be crucified only once.

Speaking to the rock is a matter of believing. Furthermore, speaking to the rock indicates that we have prayed, not in the way of begging but in the way of believing that the Spirit has already been given.*

Christ has been crucified and the Spirit has been given, so today our need is to “speak to the rock.” We do not need to beg for something unusual. We only need to ask for a drink. In John 4:10 the Lord told the Samaritan woman (and all of us), to ask Him and He would give living water. This water is the gift of God to us! Ask Him now—Lord, give me drinks of this living water!

* These excerpts are from Life-Study of Exodus, message 40 and Life-Study of Numbers, message 30. The Life-Study volumes are published and © by LSM; they may be read by selecting them in this list. See also the footnotes on Exodus 17:6 and Numbers 20:8 in The Holy Bible, Recovery Version.

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  1. This is so helpful. I’m sure I’m one of those who “begs” for something “unusual,” but it’s so great to realize that all we need is water. And then, this water is so available. It’s as simple as saying, “Lord, I’m thirsty. Give me a drink!”


    • Yes, since we all have been positioned in the one Body and all given to drink one Spirit, our asking is not for something unusual. Lord, motivate us to ask more!


  2. It’s funny that when we think of the rock being struck and water coming out, we tend to picture water trickling out in small quantities… kind of like coming out of a tap or a hose. Well, I used to anyway. But remember that there was 2-3 million Israelites that came out of Egypt! It was going to take more than a small dribble here! Psalm 78:15-16 comes to our rescue and puts things into a much better perspective! ‘He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. He brought forth streams also from the rock and caused waters to run down like rivers.’ Now that is better! I have a feeling that when Jesus spoke John 7:38 he was alluding to this event in Exodus.


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