The Rock at Horeb (Rephidim)

All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
(Exodus 17:1-7 ESV)

This rock is believed to be the Rock at Horeb (Rephidim) where Moses struck the rock and water flowed out.
(GPS coordinates 28°43’25.72″N – 35°14’18.97″E)

2 comments on “The Rock at Horeb (Rephidim)

  1. I dont believe it is the same rock struck by Moses. Because;
    1. 1corinthians 10:4 says “…for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed them,…” Here we see that rock followed them. When it followed them how it will be there at the same place again where it appeared?

    2. Numbers 20:8-11 says,”…speak to the rock before their eyes…so that it yields its water….”. Moses struck it already in Exodus 17:6.Now Jehovah God is instructing Moses to speak with the same rock.

    It shows that in Exodus it was at Mt Horeb , in Numbers it is in some other place. That means it moved from there and followed them.

    Basing on this the rock should not be there.

    • For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
      (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 ESV)

      The Rock in Corinthians was Yeshua (Christ).

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