5 The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:5-7
The miracles of God just keep adding up. This time Moses had witnesses when he struck the rock.
As you well know, water doesn’t come from rocks. I’m not sure where it comes from but I’m sure it’s not rocks. A rock would have been the best object lesson the Israelites would have understood. Again, water doesn’t come from rocks. So God made something life-giving from something that has no life in it at all.
And the water had to satisfy the thirst of a million people or more.
Don’t miss the important truth in this story. God answered Moses’ prayer in the most unusual way, even as the Israelites were quarreling about Moses’ effectiveness as a leader. Moses’ prayer itself was not the typical request either: “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
Would the gushing water stop their complaining? We all know the answer.
Moses threw his hands up and pleaded for his life. No formal prayer. No sack cloth and ashes. Just a real, heart-felt prayer.
Just when we think we have God figured out, He changes things up on us, for our good and for His glory.