Water on the Rocks
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Continuing our Pixelated series, we have been looking at the Old Testament to see how it points to Jesus. This week, we studied a story in Exodus after the Israelites escaped slavery in Egypt.
Reading in Exodus 17, we see that the Israelites are getting restless about the lack of water and complaining quite a bit. They even go as far as saying that their lives were better off in Egypt – the place where their children were killed by the Pharaoh. This complaining is a bit of a theme in Exodus, but that’s a subject for another time. In this story, God instructs Moses to strike a rock with his staff and water will miraculously come out. Moses does this and the Israelites get their water. Could God have simply made a spring appear? Sure. But God gives Moses a part to play. He does the same with us too – sometimes God doesn’t answer until we act. If life looks pixelated right now, maybe God is waiting for you to act in faith?
Looking in the New Testament, Paul actually brings us back to this story. As a devout Jew, Paul knew all of these stories by heart, backward and forward. But in 1 Corinthians 10, he retells the story and reveals a twist. Paul tells us that the rock that provided water for all of Israel was Jesus! Through all of their wanderings, Jesus was with Israel the entire time, right in their midst. Unfortunately, they were so thirsty that they couldn’t see that God was right next to them. Can you relate to this? Are there issues that you’re dealing with that are blurring your view of God? Don’t give up hope just because God’s been blurry for a long time. He is there, just as He was with the Israelites.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:7-8a; Numbers 20:10-11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; John 4:13-14; John 7:37-38a; Psalm 81:7
Don’t let your thirst blur your vision.
You Move – Central Music
Your Love Never Fails – Anthony Skinner
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture Music
Thank God – East Lake Worship