Christ the Living Waters from the Rock
What do these verses have in common?
WOMAN AT THE WELL
John 4:10, 14
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
JESUS AT A FEAST
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
PAUL ON WATER FROM A ROCK
1 Corinthians 10:4
… “and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”
Pictures of Christ: The Water from the Rock (Exodus 17:1-7)
To understand the fullness of the water from the Rock it is often helpful to see the Jewish celebration attached to it. Since Jesus attended and participated in these celebrations it is even more imperative to know and understand why.
The first real test for the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt was this very point. God had opened the waters of the Red Sea to let them out of Egypt. He then closed the same waters behind them to keep them from ever getting back into Egypt. They then sang the first song in the Bible, as they stood on the wilderness shore of the sea. Then they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. …”And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink”? (Exodus 15:22,24) In Egypt they could always look down to the Nile. That river, the longest in the world, had provided everything that they ever needed. The ancients used to say, and rightly so, “Egypt is the gift of the Nile.” But now, a mighty change ensues. These people, redeemed by blood and by power, find themselves in “the waste howling wilderness.”(Deut. 32:10)
Up until now, they had always looked down. From this time on, they were to look up.
· Their food now came from above.
· Their guidance now came from above.
· Their water would now come from above out of a Rock.
· The desert would provide nothing. All that they were to need for the journey would be met out of a gracious God’s fullness.
In answer to their question, “What shall we drink?” God gave them water from a most unlikely source – a flinty rock! And the New Testament teaches that “they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (I Cor. 10:4)
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