At the beginning of the journey of the children of Israel, Moses was commanded to smitethe rock in Horeb that water may flow forth for the thirsty people (Nu. 20:11) “And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly,”
In this setting these people were guilty of an impatient spirit, of a rebellious temper, they did not manifest confidence in God, they failed to honor the Lord, the people failed to give glory to the Lord as the author of miracles.
Now, nearly forty years after, he is told to speak to the rock, but in anger he smote it twice, because of disobedience he was prevented from entering the promised land.
That Rock was Christ according to the Apostle Paul in (1.Cor.10: 4), and as such it was not the purpose of God that it should be smitten twice.
He suffered once in the end of the age to put away sin according to (Heb.10:10) “By that pleasure we have been made holy, by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for ever.”
Christ crucified as an atonement for sin is the great subject of the Old Testament scriptures. Their principles and precepts, their custom and ceremonies, their sacrifices and offerings, their predictions, declarations, and promises have reference to Jesus Christ; and one who does not see them in this light will never apprehend the fulness, or appreciate the perfection of their meaning.
Now we have but to speak to the Rock that the refreshing stream may spring up (Heb 4:15) tell us “For we have not a high priest who is not able to be touched by the feelings of our feeble flesh; but we have one who has been tested in all points as we ourselves are tested, but without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We must rejoice that there is a throne of grace. What a World would this be if God sat on a throne of justice only, and if no mercy were ever to be shown to men!
Who is there who would not be overwhelmed with despair? But it is not so.
He is on a throne of grace. By day and by night; from year to year; from generation to generation, he is on such a throne.
In every land he may be approached, and in as many different languages as men speak may they plead for mercy.
In times of our trial and temptation we may be assured that he is seated on that throne, and, wherever we are, we may approach him with acceptance.
We need the privilege of coming before such a throne.
We are sinful, and need mercy; we are feeble, and need grace to help us. There is not a day of our lives in which we do not need pardon; not an hour in which we do not need grace.
How obvious are the behaviour and necessity of prayer! (Every man is a sinner, and should pray for pardon; every man is weak, feeble, dependent, and should pray for grace.
Not till a man can prove that he has never done any sin should he maintain that he has no need of pardon; not till he can show that he is able alone to meet the storms and temptations of life should he feel that he has no need to ask for grace. Yet who can feel this?
It is easy to be forgiven. All that needs to be done is to plead the merits of our great High Priest Jesus Christ our Lord, and he is ready to pardon.
Who would not be glad to be able to pay a debt in a manner so easy? Yet how few there are who are willing to pay the debt to just.
It is easy to obtain all the grace that we need. We have only to ask for it and it is done.
How easy then to meet temptation, if we would! How strange that any should rely on their own strength, when they may lean on the arm of God Almighty.
If men are not pardoned, and if they fall into sin and ruin, they alone are to blame.
There is a throne of grace and it is always accessible to all people.
There is a God. He is always ready to pardon.
There is a redeemer. Jesus Christ is the great High Priest of men.
He is always interceding, His merits may always be pleaded as the ground of our salvation.
Why then, oh why, should any remain unforgiven, and perish? On them alone the blame must lie. In their own bosoms is the reason why they are not saved.
A Suggestive Figure of speech is set before us. A well within a rock. This rock is Christ, the Fountain of living water (Jh. 7:37) “In the last day, that great day of the feast, 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”
Like Jacob’s well, it is deep, deep as the fathom-Icss fullness of God.
The water in this well represent the unsearchable riches of Christ-that which is abundantly able to satisfy all the needs of a human soul,“(Jh. 4:13) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 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.”
There wa a real eead need. “Spring up, 0 well.” Spring thou up in my thirsty soul, for I have been to the broken cisterns of earth, and am disappointed, and perishing of thirst, (Lk. 8:2) “And us of a certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils.” Let us note a few things about Mary Magdalene, she was present at the mock trial of Jesus, she heard Pontius Pilate pronounce the death sentence, she saw Jesus beaten and humiliated by the crowd, she was one of the women who stood near Jesus during the crucifixion to try to comfort him, she was sent by Jesus to tell the others of the resurrection and she was probably present on the day of Pentecost. Mary had a great spiritual experience in Christ.
Spring up, 0 well, in this desert life of mine, that has hitherto brought forth no fruit unto God.
My heart thirsteth for God, yea the living God.
There was Great Encouragement. This well can “spring up” so that its life-giving stream may be within the reach of every needy one.
It is the pressure of infinite love, a force that can send its influence into the deepest depths of need, and up to the highest heights of satisfaction and spiritual attainment (Rev. 22:17) “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.”
No matter how unworthy he is, no matter what his past life has been, no matter how old or how young, how rich or how poor, no matter whether sick or well, a freeman or a slave; no matter whether educated or ignorant, no matter whether clothed in purple or in rags–riding in state or laid at the gate of a rich man full of sores, the invitation is freely made to all to come and be saved.
There can use simple Means. s“Spring up. ”speak ye to the
rock.This rock is waiting to yield its treasures to those who ask “I am sleeping, but my heart is awake; it is the sound of my loved one at the door, saying, Be open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” (S.o.S. 5:2) (2.) Speak, you don’t need to shout. Your speech, need not be eloquent.
The remedy for soul-thirst is to speak to the rock.
Speak to it when your heart is smitten with barrenness and death.
Speak to it when burdened with the dying need of others.