Day Sixty-three – March 5: Today’s Tasting, Numbers 19-21: Baptismal pools were common in the Israeli community. Water of separation, used in a ceremonial cleansing, washed the defiled person wanting separation from uncleanness. The Lord laid out the procedures for using the water of purification.
Now in the desert of Zin, Israel found no water to drink. Their complaining bellowed against Moses and Aaron, scolding them both. With no food and no water, death would soon occur. The Lord instructed Moses to speak to a certain rock and enough water would satisfy the whole community and their livestock. In a fury of anger, Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff—the same staff which he performed miracles. Water gushed out from the rock, calling attention to Moses as the source of Israel’s supply and not the Lord.
Israel experiences victory over the Canaanites and Amorites.
Today’s Nourishment: Instructions for Moses, “speak to the rock,” failed in Moses fury of anger. The rock, already smitten once in the desert, served as the spiritual rock of Israel, identifying with the Messiah. See Exodus 17:6. The crucifixion needed to occur once and only once for all people. To smite the rock twice meant crucifying and putting Christ to open shame afresh. Merely asking or speaking to the rock at this time wrought the same benefits as smiting it the first time. All required of us today, “ask and your will receive.”
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you,” John 15:7. Simply (asking) speaking to the rock revealed the Lord as their source of life. The Lord desires that we look to him and not anyone or anything else as our source of life.
What are you asking from your Source of Life?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 22-24