Speak to the rock, don’t strike it!

Discussion about spiritual gifts being manifested in today’s Christendom creates many questions, but the most common question I get asked is: “Why don’t we see these things happening more often in Western churches?”


One answer may well be found in a study of this passage of scripture:


Num. 20:7-12 And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying, :8  Take the rod, and gather the assembly,

you and Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes. And it shall give forth its

water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock. So you shall give the congregation

and their animals drink. :9  And Moses took the rod from before Jehovah as He commanded

him. :10  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said

to them, Hear now you rebels. Must we bring water for you out of this rock? :11  And Moses

lifted up his hand, and with his rod he struck the rock twice. And the water came out

plentifully,and the congregation and their animals drank. :12  And Jehovah spoke to Moses and

Aaron, Because you did not believe Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.


1.      Moses was given a specific directive: “Speak to the rock”.

2.      Moses assumed he was the power source of the directive: “Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”

3.      Moses willfully ignored the specifics of the directive: “with his rod he struck the rock twice”.

4.      Moses and Aaron acted in disbelief toward the Originator of the directive: “Because you did not believe Me”.


When ministering to others it is imperative that we follow specific directives from the Lord, regardless of any consequence or perceived impossibility that directive presents.

It is imperative that we look only unto the Source of the power to fulfill the directive, regardless of any perceived righteousness on our part to help fulfill the directive.

It is imperative that we fearfully avoid the temptation to compromise the specifics of the Lord’s directive, regardless of any egotistical whims on our part.

It is imperative that we recognize willful disobedience to any specific directive from the Lord is sinful, 1 Samuel 15:17-23.


As bondservants to our Master, we are to live according to His directives in ministering to others.  This is more than going to church, living righteously etc. It is about living a life of obedience, fulfilling God’s ministry of reconciliation as He specifies it. We are His ambassadors reconciling the world to Him and as such we are called to do His bidding His way, and His way alone, 2 Cor. 5:17-6:2.


As far as it relates to the charismata, it is imperative that we constantly seek to be filled, led, empowered and anointed just as Jesus, the first disciple of God’s kingdom, did, Luke 4:1,14,18. And in so doing we will hear the leading of the Holy Spirit for every circumstance, (Romans 8:4). Then, as we act obediently to God’s specific directives, we will experience the fullness of His reconciliation ministry in our lives His way. If we choose to compromise His directive and fulfill His reconciliation ministry our way, then we will not experience the joy of the Lord and the presence of His mighty power in that ministry.



Bob Chapman


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