In my last post, Who’s Really Reforming Healthcare in America? , I left off what the question of: Why was Moses punished for hitting the rock that provided the people with water? This wasn’t the first time that he had struck a rock and provided water for the people. However, it was the second time doing it that kept him from entering into the Promised Land. Now, this is Moses we’re talking about, one of the greatest prophets and leaders that ever lived! Yet despite all of the things he did and how God used him, he still didn’t make it in. Now, this may be a little lengthy, and this only the first part. But if you stick with me until the end, you shall be blessed. Flint, Michigan., this one is for you. So, having said all of that, let’s get into it shall we?!
Float with me on this…
Throughout the entire first chapter of Genesis, there is a significant amount of reference and use of water. However, it’s the subtle key emphasis of water that were intriguing to me. Immediately after creating the heavens and earth, we see that “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2). Next, after the separation of light and darkness, God then separated the waters from the waters. “And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven.” (Gen 1: 7-8). My take on that, is simply that earth originally started out as one big ball of water, because it’s not until a few verses later, that we see the formation of land. Reading further on, we also see that some of the very first animals created were water creatures. “And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures…’” (Gen 1:20). *Note that for a later reference*. Fast forwarding to the forming of man over in Chapter 2, something else caught my attention. “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (v. 6-7). All life started with water. From the very beginning, the entire creation started with water. After reading all of that , I was locked in at this point.
Taking a look through the Old Testament first, I began to notice a trending element. Water. Majority of the major, most talked about miracles that occurred, all involved water! Starting with Moses being saved by being put into a basket and floating down the river to safety. The first of the Egyptian plagues was the turning of water into blood. Moses parting the Red Sea. Twice, striking the rock to produce water. When the people had become so wicked that God decided to kill them all and start over, he told Noah to build the Ark. Samson, after killing a thousand men, prayed to God for water, and it was given to him from a jaw bone. Rivers were parted. In fact it was the Jordan River that was parted before the people entered into the Promised Land. Armies were supplied with water in the middle of nowhere. Jonah was swallowed up by a whale for running away from God’s orders. Even to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego being thrown into the fiery furnace, yet coming out just as fresh as they went in. Something else that’s interesting, is that the prophets Elijah, Jeremiah, and Haggai all predict drought as punishment from God. Conversely, rainfall is a sign of God’s favor and goodness (rainbow). Jeremiah also referred to God as being the “fountain of living waters” (Jer 17:13). Key element in all of those equations? Yep…Water. Now, on to the New Testament.
Now, understand, since God came to us in the form of Jesus, he no longer really needed to operate in the same, massive water miracles that we saw in the Old Testament. Meaning, since He came to us in the physical, He no longer had to just operate in the spirit. It wasn’t like with the prophets beforehand that He just spoke to. No. God is Jesus in human form. So I began to look at the miracles that Jesus performed. The first miracle we see of recorded, is the turning of water into wine. It was with spit and dirt, mud, that he healed a blind man. Water and Earth. The disciples were told to follow him and he would make them “Fishermen of Men” (remember the note you were supposed to make earlier). Not only did he speak to the storm on the sea to calm it down, he also walked on water! Fed 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Another interesting thing that I started to notice, was that Jesus never ventured too far from the sea. It was almost as if he was camped out on a yacht lol. And one of the last things that Jesus said while hanging on the cross, was that he was thirsty. He didn’t say that he was tired, hungry, upset or angry- but that he was thirsty. It was right there that I thought back to Moses.
In Chapter 6 of the Book of John, the people were questioning Jesus asking him what must they do to do the works of God. (v. 28). But when Jesus tells them all they have to do is believe in Him, they wanted to know what “sign could he do”. They wanted proof, because God gave their fathers (Moses crowd) bread to eat in the wilderness. It literally RAINED down bread. Well manna, but bread. Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread of God, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” (v. 32). Jesus goes on to tell them that “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (v. 35). I had found my answer.
We know that Moses twice struck the rock to bring forth water. It was in Exodus 17 that the people first got upset with Moses for not having any water. The people were ready to kill Moses, as if it were his fault. So God told Moses to strike the rock, to show them the power that God had placed in him, and give them water. However the second time was different. Not only were they upset with Moses this time, they were upset with God too! So to show the people how powerful He was, He told Moses to SPEAK to the rock. Speak and let me do the work. But Moses didn’t listen. Taking matters into his own hands, he hit the rock, again trying to show how powerful HE was. He would have gotten the credit for ending the drought. Moses didn’t get to see the glory of the Promised Land, because He took away God’s glory bringing forth water from the rock. Which made be think – What if God is water? Think about it.
One of the very last things that Jesus says while hanging on the cross, was the he was thirsty. No. He just wanted to quench his thirst. It wasn’t until after the guard gave him a sip of sour wine that, “it was finished”; and he gave up his spirit. Think of all the biblical sayings and expressions we use when describing a blessing from God, or just in the bible in general. “He will open up the windows of Heaven and POUR you out a blessing”. “He leads me beside the still waters”. For the sake of length, I’ll stop there but you get my point right? Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the freshwater on earth. Rains, Hurricanes, Flooding; what if they’re only God’s way of cleaning the earth? I mean, He did kill all of mankind at one point by flooding the land. He also said that He would never leave or forsake us, and water is everywhere. Jesus told the people that he was the “bread of life” , he also told them that whoever believed in Him, out of his innermost heart will living waters flow. See where I’m going?? Now imagine seeing Jesus walking on water. Then imagine him being able to walk on water because it was God pulling a Lavar Ball for Jesus and holding him up.
It’s believed that the human body can only survive 3 days without water because, well, “Man can not live by bread alone”. In fact, the human body is made up of 50 – 75%….WATER. Earth is also the only known planet with has both life and water. But I remind you that God said that it wouldn’t be water, but fire the next time the earth would be destroyed. And since it was Satan who sent the world into a spiral, maybe He’s going to let the Devil destroy it as well. I only say that due to amount of war, violence and killings going on. Maybe I’m completely off track, but ask yourself this.
Would you rather attend a Holy Ghost filled church, or a DRY, dead one??
Stay tuned, with all this water talk, John the Baptist has something to say!
Now Fix The Water In Flint.