Water from the Rock

Exodus 17

1 Then a all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of b Sin, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to c drink. 2 d Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." So Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you e tempt the LORD?" 3 And the people thirsted there for water, and the people f complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our g livestock with thirst?" 4 So Moses h cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to i stone 1 me!" 5 And the LORD said to Moses, j "Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which k you struck the river, and go. 6 l "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 So he called the name of the place m Massah 2 3 and 4 Meribah, 5 because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they 6 tempted the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 16:1
    And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 33:11 - 15
    They moved from the Red Sea and camped in the Wilderness of Sin.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 15:22
    So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
    Numbers 20:2
    Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 14:11
    Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
    Numbers 20:2
    Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.
    Numbers 20:3
    And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
    Numbers 20:13
    This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:16
    You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah.
    Psalms 78:18
    And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.
    Psalms 78:41
    Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
    Matthew 4:7
    Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'
    1 Corinthians 10:9
    Nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 16:2
    Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
    Exodus 16:3
    And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 12:38
    A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds - a great deal of livestock.
  8. Cross References
    Exodus 14:15
    And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
  9. Cross References
    John 8:59
    Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
    John 10:31
    Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
  10. Cross References
    Ezekiel 2:6
    And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house.
  11. Cross References
    Numbers 20:8
    "Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals."
  12. Cross References
    Numbers 20:10
    And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly toget...
    Numbers 20:11
    Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock ...
    Deuteronomy 8:15
    Who led you through that great and terrible wil...
    Nehemiah 9:15
    You gave them bread from heaven for their hunge...
    Psalms 78:15
    He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave ...
    Psalms 105:41
    He opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ra...
    Psalms 114:8
    Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The f...
    1 Corinthians 10:4
    And all drank the same spiritual drink. For the...
  13. Cross References
    Numbers 20:13
    This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them.
    Numbers 20:24
    Aaron shall be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah.
    Numbers 27:14
    For in the Wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to hallow Me at the waters before their eyes." (These are the waters of Meribah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.)
    Psalms 81:7
    You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
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