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Bread and Water (part two)

Water

In Bread and Water part one, (1) we talked about the manna sent from heaven to feed the Israelites in the desert. It takes more then just food to keep something alive, it takes water and the people of Israel were out of water too.

As we go on reading about the Exodus we find that the Israelites not only complained about the lack of food, they complained of not having water. (Actually, there is little they did not complain about) Again they said that Moses brought them out of Egypt to let them die in the desert. They must have really wanted to put a guilt trip on Moses because this time they made sure they told Moses he was going to kill them and their children.

Moses again took it before the LORD. It is evident however that his patience was wearing thin because he was concerned that "this people" were ready to stone him. God did give Moses instructions to go with the elders and the rod used to part the Red Sea and to go to
Horeb and smite a rock. Horeb is the mountain of God where Moses saw the burning bush.

When the rock was smitten, water gushed out of it. We need to remember that enough water was needed to meet the needs of two million people and an unknown number of animals. If we allow a gallon of water for each person, at the rate of 5 gallons per minute
for most facets on city water, it would take 277 days to get this much water. Even a high volume fire hydrant with a flow rate of 1500 gallons per minute would take 22 hours for this much water.

Although the Word of God does not state it, I believe there had to be a river of water flowing out of that rock to quickly meet the needs of that many people which did not count the animals.

You may ask why God used a rock to provide water. Could HE not just have caused it to rain? The water that flowed from this rock was only a prelude to something far more important.

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6)

Just as we saw two major indicators of Jesus Christ in verse 16, (the Bread of Life coming out of heaven) we see two in this verse also. Jesus is the living water and He is the Rock of ages. Jesus is the immoveable, indestructible, unchangeable Rock upon which not only the church is build, but anything that lasts has to be build upon it also. We also see that this rock was "smitten" to bring forth the water that would save all of those who drank. If someone
refused to drink of this water, they would surely have died. It was the ONLY water available. This too shows our relationship with the Rock, Jesus Christ as He is the way, the truth and the life; No one comes to the Father but by Him. (John 14:6) The rock in the desert was smitten before the Elders. Jesus too was smitten before the elders, the  chief priest and the religious leaders of His time. 

The water that sprang forth from the rock in the desert was enough to satisfy everyone that accepted it. The Living Water is able to cleanse the sin of the entire world. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2)

If you do not know Jesus my friend, please read that last part above again…. we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We have all been born under a sentence of death but we can have an advocate. John was talking to those who had already
placed their trust in Jesus for full payment for their sin. If you have not done so, you will be standing at the White throne Judgment right next to satan, the prosecuting attorney and I assure you, at this court, the prosecutor will win every time. The moment we accept Jesus, He becomes our defense attorney and He has never nor will He ever loss a case. Upon accepting His advocacy, our venue is changed from the White Throne Judgment to the Judgment Seat of Christ where according to 1 Corinthians chapter 3 verses 11-15 our works will be judged, not to determine salvation, but to determine rewards which are simply gifts we can give back to the LORD.

We need to point out that when we accept Jesus as our advocate, HE does not win because He is a smooth talker like Perry Mason, (2) or because of His investigative skills like Matlock (3); He wins for one reason….HE takes our Place!

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus is the Bread of Life that comes out of Heaven, the Living water from the Rock that was smitten and all that receive it will have life.

You can find this water and how to receive it here:

http://shatterdmen.com/first_step.htm

There is another very important reason we need water. It is very clear that whenever someone placed their trust in Jesus in the Bible, they were baptized; most often on the same day they accepted Jesus. Although I do not believe baptism is essential for salvation, it is essential to be obedient to God. I can not think of a person that has a victorious life as a Christian that did not get baptized. (Matt 28: 19-20, Acts 2:38) It represents the reality of the inward washing of Christ's blood upon the soul. That is why it is used in different ways. It is said to represent the death of the person (Rom. 6:3-5), the union of that person with Christ (Gal. 3:27), the cleansing of that person's sins (Acts 22:16), the identification with the one "baptized into" as when the Israelites were baptized into Moses (1 Cor. 10:2), and being united in one church (1 Cor. 12:13). Also, baptism is one of the signs and seals of the Covenant of Grace that was instituted by Jesus. (4)(5) It shows that we have identified ourselves with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. My friend, if you have accepted the LORD, but have not been baptized, I do urge you to do so as soon as possible. It should be by immersion and after salvation. If you were baptized as an infant or child and not on your own free will, you will need to be baptized again as the first was not after
salvation.

Although we are saved by Grace and not of works least anyone should boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9) obedience is a very important part of being a child of the Living God as we shall see in part three of Bread and Water. It will also be an important lesson for those who have accepted the LORD but may be feeling dry and thirsty once again.

To conclude this part, remember that Jesus is the Bread sent from Heaven, the manna to give us life and He is the living water that is drawn from the Rock that was smitten. You can have this Living Bread and Living Water just by receiving it here:

http://shatterdmen.com/first_step.htm




(1) http://shatterdmen.com/bread.htm
(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Mason
(3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matlock_(TV_series)
(4) http://www.carm.org/questions/baptnec.htm
(5) http://www.carm.org/questions/baptise_name.htm

 

Bread and Water (part one)

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