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Speak to the Rock

Five signs a sermon doesn't take the text seriously.
Speak to the Rock

Moses was desperate. He was a preacher without a sermon, and it was Saturday night. There was no water and the people blamed him.

Leadership for this massive group of refugees was no picnic in the best of times. In the desert with nothing to drink, it was unbearable. With Miriam recently dead, Moses faced a mutinous crowd accompanied only by Aaron. He needed a word from God—a solution.

The brothers approached Yahweh as one should—prostrate. "Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them" (Numbers 20:6).

Moses saw the glory. He heard the Word. He experienced the flash and the bang of the Divine. Moses came seeking an answer and God gave one. "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes, and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can ...

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