This Sunday will will be reading together Exodus 17:5-6 for our corporate scripture reading.
"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."
Here we have a picture of God providing for the most basic needs of his people. As they wandered in the desert, the people needed water. Water is essential to human life. Without it death comes quickly. God provided water for them from a most unexpected source. He instructed Moses to strike a rock from which flowed forth life-giving water. In John chapter 4 we find Jesus speaking with a woman at a well where he says to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’” Of course, the woman is confused since Jesus does not have a bucket to draw water with and the well is deep. In response Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The water that God gave his people from the rock provided for physical life, but the water that God gives his people from the Rock provides for spiritual life. However, water only sustains life when we constantly take it in. We cannot drink water only once in our lives and expect to live very long. So also, we must come to Christ regularly and often to dink deeply from the well of living water. For true life to be sustained and nurtured and healthy, we must come to Christ daily and drink him in deeply. Looking forward to worshiping with you all at the Throne of Grace this Sunday!