Exodus Types: 4. Water from the Rock, A Type of Christ’s Gift of the Holy Spirit
(Exodus 17) Even as Israel was in desperate need of water to
quench thirst; so do men need the water of life
to satisfy their thirsty souls. "And there was no water for
the people to drink" (Exodus 17:1).
And water was a necessity. And thirsty souls can go to God
and receive satisfaction through faith
in Christ resulting in the New Birth. "Ho, every one that
thirsteth, come ye to the waters"
(Isaiah 55:1). Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is the only
work that can satisfy men’s hearts.
Instead of blaming God for their predicament, the Israelites
should have looked to God for
water, as men should today. "Wherefore is this that thou
hast brought us up out of Egypt, to
kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?"
(Exodus 17:3). Theirs would indeed have
been a terrible situation if Moses had not gone to God on
their behalf and secured water for
them. Many times these days we find men putting the blame
for their troubles upon their Creator,
instead of going to Him for the solution to their problems.
"And the Spirit and the bride say,
Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that
is athirst, come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely"
(Revelation 22:17). With such a gracious
invitation as this, there is no need for men to die of
Water was supplied from the smitten rock. The death of
Christ makes possible a living well of
water through the indwelling Spirit. "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).
The smitten rock brought forth water for the people. Thus
the smitten Christ on the cross opened
up a well of water through the presence of the Holy Spirit
in the regenerated heart of man. "But
whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that I
shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up
into everlasting life" (John 4:14).
The rock from which their water came followed the Israelites
in the wilderness; and so Christ
goes with believers to satisfy their needs. "And did all
drink the same spiritual drink: for they
drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that
Rock was Christ" (I Corinthians
10:4). Even so, Christ goes with those who trust Him as
Saviour. He never forsakes them but is with
them to help them. "For he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we
may boldly say, The Lord is my helper" (Hebrews 13:5, 6).
Water from the rock was more than a well, it was a river;
and the believer who is filled with the
Spirit becomes a river of water. "He clave the rocks in the
wilderness, and gave them drink
as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of
the rock, and caused waters to
run down like rivers" (Psalm 78:15, 16). A river of water
came forth from that rock in the
wilderness to supply the needs of everyone. And Jesus gave
us a promise that abundantly
matches that in the spiritual realm.
"Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him
come unto me, and drink. He that
believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on
him should receive" (John 7:37-
More than a well, the Spirit-filled Christian becomes an
overflowing fountain, which becomes a
river of living water. Some Christians do not have enough of
the water of life to supply their own
need, while others have enough for their own need, but not
enough for others. The Spirit-filled
Christian has enough for himself and for others.
[Old Testament Types - FHW]