Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today I will deliver this message to reflect on a powerful lesson from the Bible, a lesson about faith, obedience, and the consequences of our actions. Our sermon is titled “Speak to the Rock,” and it revolves around the story of Moses striking the rock. This story can be found in the book of Numbers, chapter 20, verses 7-12. Let’s turn to those verses now and read them together.

Numbers 20:7-12 (NIV):
*”The Lord said to Moses, ‘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 drink.’ So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.'”

I. The Rock as a Symbol:

In this passage, the rock serves as a powerful symbol. It represents not only the physical needs of the Israelites but also our spiritual needs and God’s faithfulness. In the same way, Jesus is often referred to as the “Rock” in the New Testament, our foundation and the source of living water for our souls.

II. The Command to Speak:

God instructed Moses to “speak to the rock.” He didn’t tell him to strike it. This is a vital lesson for us. God’s commands are not arbitrary; they have a purpose. Speaking to the rock symbolizes prayer, faith, and trust in God’s provision. It reminds us that in our times of need, we should turn to God in faith, believing that He will provide for us.

Psalm 19:14 (NIV):
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

III. Moses’ Mistake:

Moses, however, made a crucial mistake. He allowed frustration and anger to cloud his judgment. Instead of speaking to the rock as God commanded, he struck it twice with his staff. This act of disobedience had consequences. It cost Moses the privilege of entering the Promised Land.

Hebrews 3:15 (NIV):
“As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.'”

IV. Lessons for Us:

What can we learn from Moses’ mistake?

  1. Obedience Matters: God’s commands are meant for our good. Obedience, even in seemingly small matters, is essential in our walk with Him.

    1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV):
    “But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'”

  2. Faith Over Anger: When we face trials or frustrations, we must remember to turn to God in faith rather than reacting out of anger or impatience.

    James 1:19-20 (NIV):
    “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

  3. God’s Faithfulness: Despite Moses’ mistake, God still provided water for His people. Our heavenly Father is gracious and merciful, always providing for our needs.

    Philippians 4:19 (NIV):
    “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”


Dear brothers and sisters, the story of Moses striking the rock teaches us the importance of faith, obedience, and trust in God’s provision. We must remember to “speak to the rock” in our lives, trusting that God will meet our needs in His perfect way and timing. Let us strive to be obedient to His commands and always give Him the glory for the blessings He provides. May we learn from Moses’ mistake and walk in faith, trusting in the Rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ. Amen.