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Water from the Rock: Genre Reading Selections

November 24, 2012

From my recent readings in a genre style plan, the following passages came up together one day — a few interesting passages to think upon:

  •  John 7:37-39, when Jesus stood up, on the last day, the great day of the Feast, and proclaimed Himself the source of the river of living water
  • Next, Exodus 17:1-7, the story of that event so well remembered thousands of years later at the Feast in John 7: Moses striking the rock, and water coming out for the thirsty people in the desert
  • An unrelated event, one I wouldn’t have thought of except that it was also in the daily genre reading selection:  Judges 15:19, a time when Samson was given special grace, that a “hollow place” in the wilderness split open and provided him water, so that “his spirit returned, and he revived.”
  • Isaiah 48, a great chapter about the suffering servant, including a well-known Old Testament trinity verse (Isaiah 48:16), and in verse 21 another reference to the water from the rock:

They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow for them from the rock;
he split the rock and the water gushed out.

In God’s word, water is often used as a picture of the Holy Spirit, that which refreshes our soul as physical water refreshes our thirst.  Many other Bible verses also speak of coming to the water, as for instance Isaiah 55:1 and again at the very end of the Bible, Revelation 22:17.  The rock is our God (the first mention in Deuteronomy 32:31), also Christ specifically (1 Corinthians 10:4).  Thus the scriptures also show the importance of the idea of water from the rock, through repetition and remembrance as in the above mentioned texts.

  1. November 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    It’s beautiful to see the organic unity of the Scriptures especially with certain motifs running through the pages of Scripture. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Yes, so often certain themes come out, part of the great unity of the Scriptures, in reading from different parts of the Bible — the parallels and similar ideas throughout God’s word.

  2. Mike Hayes
    March 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Are you still following a genre style reading plan? I started using the Horner plan about 3 months and like it a lot.

    • March 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Yes, I’m doing a 9 list genre plan. Agree, it’s a great reading plan.

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