Symbolization: The King Calls for Queen Vashti Part 2

Symbolization: The King Calls for Queen Vashti Part 2

Original Entry Date 12/16/2021: In Part 1 of “The King Calls Queen Vashti” we read about the beauty preparations of Esther. We then reviewed how this 12-month process is a symbol of the Holy Spirit actively working in us, the Sanctification Process. We ended part 1 with a snippet from a Bible Symbols book that I love that describes the number 12 as meaning “Divine Order” as well 5 plus 7 which is perfection or completion and Grace.
If you want to check it out first click here:

In this segment I want to change gears and go back to the beginning. Why was this all happening? Why was Esther and many other women even doing this?
As we read briefly at the start of part 1, King Ahasuerus began thinking of the former, Queen Vashti. Since she was no longer in the picture a new Queen was to be crowned and so this process with Esther among others began.
Let’s go back and read the account of Queen Vashti and why she no longer was Queen.
The King is having a great feast (HUGE actually) for his officials and servants, lasting 7 days!! Queen Vashti was having a feast of her own:

Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.

10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, 11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold. 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.

Esther 1:9-12 NKJV

Now I know in the view of our current culture, this can be viewed as a demoralizing act. I ask that you place those thoughts aside because that is not what God is portraying here. On the very surface it may seem a way but after reading the Word of God for a time you come to realize that God’s Word is much more than what is the on surface. That is why when I read the book of Revelation the first time I was like, “HUH?”
The character portrayed as King Ahasuerus is actually a representation of God and Queen Vashti is a symbol of Jerusalem turning their hearts from Him:

God’s Love for Jerusalem

“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread [d]My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.

“Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. 10 I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of [e]badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. 11 I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a [f]jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. 14 Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 16:8-14 NKV

If you continue on in Ezekiel you will read how this woman of royalty turns her heart from Him.
How does this connect with us today?
We too have been made into royalty by the blood of Christ Jesus so this grand Feast can be thought of as the grand Wedding Feast as Jesus describes in Matthew 22.
Lets look at some of the detail of the Feast in Esther:

 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus[a] (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia), in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan[b] the [c]citadel, that in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants—the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him— when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.

And when these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.

Esther 1:1-6 NKJV

One item I’ll point out are the white and blue linen curtains. The curtains of the Tabernacle in Exodus are very much similar except they are made of blue (symbol of heaven), purple (royalty) and red(symbol of blood) as these are curtains of blue(heaven) and white(purity).
Is there anything else that you see in the scripture above that is relative to Jesus and the Wedding Feast?

One of the last things I will point out is in the following verses and how the drinks are described:

And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the [f]generosity of the king. In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man’s pleasure.

Esther 1:7-8 NKJV

Have you ever heard the saying to be drunk in the Spirit? When I read this I think of what Jesus said in Luke 11:13
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

We should be asking God for more and more of His Spirit so we are in alignment with Him and His calling unlike Queen Vashti who turned a deaf ear to the King and refused to come.

Daily Life Lessons: The Entirety of it All

Daily Life Lessons: The Entirety of it All

Original Entry Date 1/22/2022: The other day, I set out to wash the dishes that I had been neglecting to wash. I was feeling a certain way, lost in my emotions as I scrubbed that dirty pan.
I had put off washing those dishes because I knew as soon as I did, I would be flooded with thoughts of how dirtying so many dishes for just myself felt like extra, unnecessary work. Then I would think how much I wanted to have someone to cook for and how that is worth making such a mess. Loneliness would then come over me as I recounted to myself how there was not a person to cook with or for there, because I have not been found to be “good enough.”
I can get tangled up in thinking and feeling this way. Does anyone else?
As I finished cleaning that up I felt God whisper “The Truth shall set You Free.” I heard and felt this verse repeated to me over the past week or so. Today it came to me again as I was listening to a YouTube about emotions. I then searched online for a background photo for my new Twitter page (yes I started a twitter today for this blog! follow me if you’d like @BaptizeL ) I thought to myself how this verse John 8:32 :And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

is very well known and quoted everywhere. But the word “AND” is not included at the beginning there a lot of times. I mean it’s no biggie but when you think about it if the full verse “32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” was on that horse picture above what would you think? The word AND tells us that this statement connects to the one previously stated because they go together. Let’s read John 8:31 and 32 together:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31-32

To abide in the Words and Jesus is where truth is revealed and freedom comes. To abide means to live or reside in a certain place; to persevere and to endure.

My point is that it is important to read God’s Word in its entirety. Anyone can take the shortened version of 8:32 and say it means whatever when Jesus says specifically to abide in Him (Jesus is the Word of God) is he key to verse 32.

I recommend that you read the whole chapter of John 8 and think of how everything He says ties together.

Symbolization: One Hand to Build and the Other to Battle

Original Entry Date 12/15/2012: In the Book of Ezra we read how God stirs the heart of Cyrus, King of Persia, to proclaim that there is only one Sovereign God.
It had been nearly 70 years since the Jews had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians. They had utterly destroyed all that was there, including the Temple of God.
God spoke to Cyrus, commanding him to send His people back to Jerusalem so they could begin to rebuild His House!
Pretty amazing! And that wasn’t all either: God commanded that the supplies for building be provided. King Cyrus made certain to include this in his proclamation sent throughout his kingdom.
He also returned the items Nebuchadnezzar stole from God’s Holy Temple.

Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a [a]house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:2-4 NKJV

King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the [d]temple of his gods; and Cyrus king of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. This is the number of them: thirty gold platters, one thousand silver platters, twenty-nine knives, 10 thirty gold basins, four hundred and ten silver basins of a similar kind, and one thousand other articles. 11 All the articles of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar took with the captives who were brought from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:7-11NkJV

Fast forward to the Book of Nehemiah. At this point in time, the Israelites had sent two masses of people back to Jerusalem to begin the rebuilding process.
Some, were still in the exiled land, such as Nehemiah, who was set as the cupbearer for the King of Persia, Artaxerxes.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you are moving in and doing the Will of God, opposition arises? That is exactly what the Israelites faced as they moved forward with God’s Temple. Nehemiah was greatly troubled by this report:

 …..I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love [c]You and observe [d]Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you [e]are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ 10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”

For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Nehemiah 1:2-11 NKJV

—-quick note here but did anyone else think that the King in Nehemiah was the same King as in the Book of Ezra? Well, I wanted to make sure I was correct because, hey, two different names, Cyrus and Artaxerxes, go figure LOL.
One reason I thought it was the same king was because he too was similar in heart as Cyrus when Nehemiah requests to go back to Jerusalem. He even provided building materials, and documents to help Nehemiah pass through the land with no delay. These two accounts with those two kings are a definite example of how God works through who He chooses.
Nehemiah goes out in the night to examine the ruins of the Holy City of Jerusalem (its actually pretty interesting how he walks the property, if you’re interested take a gander at 2:11-16).
After he sees the terrible state Jerusalem is in Nehemiah, has no time to mess around:

17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me.

Nehemiah 2:17-18 NKJV

Chapter 3 documents the building process un Nehemiah but as I said earlier, when we move for God the enemy tries to hinder that movement.

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Nehemiah 4:1-2

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

10 Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

11 And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.”

12 So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.”

13 Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

The GAPS of the wall were being filled. This is a reminder of the importance of standing in the gap for our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

15 And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. 16 So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders [b]were behind all the house of Judah. 17 Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. 18 Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.

Nehemiah 4:17-18 NKJV

This is how the Body of Christ should be today: Together, building the Kingdom of God while at the same time, and at all times ready to battle in times of attack.
One hand building (extending the Kingdom of God) and the other wielding the sword, which is the Word of God.

Personal Journal Entry: The Mountain Top

Original Entry Date 6/7/2016: In prayer this morning, it came to my heart to pray for God to make the Mountains flat.
It was then that I felt Him speak to my soul,
“What happens when you reach the top of those Mountains?”
I immediately knew what He meant, and I smiled. To get to the top of those Mountains there is a long, strenuous trek upward that must be conquered.
But then as the ground levels out; as you’ve reached the highest peak, you turn around to take in the amazing view. And suddenly all the strain and hardship you just battled for hours upon hours is forgotten! That is how I describe the Mountain Top Experiences I have with God!
The hardships we face suck, but when we finally get up there…it’s gone and forgotten, leaving only joy and celebration in the accomplishment.
God has a purpose for all things: to build us up. What seems to be that which will break us will do no harm.

Symbolization: The Throne…on earth as it is in heaven

Funny confession to make here! This morning I felt accomplished as I was at the point of completing this post. I then did a keyword search, looking to see if I has used a specific verse in a different post.
And there it was…the same entry in a post I made back in August! Apparently my check off duties fell through the cracks that day.
Since I had put all that work in to this post, I decided to still share since it has some additional points. I will post a link to the original at the end.

Original Entry Date 1/3/2016: Where is God’s throne? If you’ve been reading my page for the year or so that it has been up, you may recall a post about this very topic.

Let’s read John’s account of where he sees the Throne of God in the Book of Revelation.
We come into the scene after Jesus has Letters written to the 7 churches:

After the vision of these things I looked, and [L look; T behold] there before me was an open door in heaven. And the ·same [L first] voice that spoke to me before, that sounded like a trumpet [1:8], said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” Immediately I was in the ·Spirit [or spirit; C a state of deep spiritual communion with God; 1:10], and [L look; T behold] before me was a throne in heaven, and someone was sitting on it. The One who sat on the throne looked like precious stones, like jasper and carnelian [C a symbol of great beauty, purity and value]. All around the throne was a ·rainbow [or halo] ·the color of [or that looked like] an emerald.

John 4:1-3 EXP

The part that God really grasped my heart and attention with while I read this was in verse 2; John states that at once he was in the Spirit and then he saw the Throne in Heaven.
This connects to what Jesus’ teaches as the Model Prayer in Matthew; specifically, Matthew 6:10:

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Mathew 6:10 NKJV

The word “Kingdom” and the phrase “On earth as it is Heaven” I made bold a way to highlight the connection between the two.
Jesus teaches us to pray for the Kingdom of God (His rulership) to come and that Heaven be brought to earth.
Back in Revelation John envisions Heaven and the first thing He sees is the Throne of God.

Back to the “Where is God’s Throne” question?
In a Kingdom there is a Throne and Jesus reveals where the Kingdom is in the following scripture:

20 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,

21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].

Luke 17:20-21 AMPC

Jesus proclaims here that the Kingdom was already present and at work; the very person of Jesus IS the Kingdom. By stating that the Kingdom is within you is directed towards those who believe and have turned their lives over to His Will.
Take a moment and think about that…when we accept Jesus into our hearts, the very essence of God’s Kingdom has entered into our hearts to take residence.
And in every Kingdon there is a Throne and God’s throne is set on our heart.
Jumping back to the book of Revelation, John sees the Throne in Heaven. This connects to what we read in Matthew when Jesus teaches us to pray for the Kingdom to come and for the earth to be aligned with Heaven by His will.
God is doing this through the Power of the Holy Spirit as He brings Heaven to earth through those who are led by the Spirit.
Fellowship with God is of the upmost importance in maintaining the Spirit and mind connection.

Prayer is a form of fellowship and something interesting to point out is back in Matthew right before the Lords Prayer Jesus describes the following:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:5-6

Notice Jesus says to go in and close the door to pray? When we do so God will open DOORS to the spiritual realm just as He did with John:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a DOOR standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”’ Revelation 4:1

And as promised the link to my other post

Symbolization: The King Calls For Queen Vashti part 1

Original Entry Date 1/26/2016: In the Book of Esther chapter 2 we read about King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) thinking of the former Queen, Vashti.
It was as though He longed for her at that moment even though the scripture does not specifically say so:

After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her. Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king; and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women’s quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king’s eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.”
This thing pleased the king, and he did so.

It’s not made fully clear if Esther chose to join this competition or if she was snatched up due to her beauty,

So it was, when the king’s command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king’s palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women. Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.

Now we begin to see some of the hidden treasures that God has tucked away in His Word. Esther found favor with the custodian, Hegai, so much that she was given seven maidservants
(see this post about the sevenfold Holy Spirit
and the best spot in the house! Not to mention the extra beauty preparations given to her.
She is favored in the very same way God provides favor to be bestowed on to us. We now can see the character of Esther as being a symbol of the Bride of Christ.

blue yellow and red abstract painting
Photo by Fiona Art on
12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

So here we see a painted picture of the beautification process of the Holy Spirit as He resides within us. Just as Esther is made beautiful, in time, after entering the King’s Palace, so are those who enter into the Living God.
Can you think back… to your life before finding Jesus? What was it like? When we commit ourselves to the Lord, He comes in and cleans the inner depths of our beings. He renews our hearts, and we are made beautiful. This process can even seep over to our physical appearance as the Holy Spirit gives us that Glow.
I am going to end this first part with an interesting snippet from a book I love “Connections” by Glen Carpenter. In the last portion of scripture we read above, it is described that his beautification process s a 12 month process. The number 12 is a symbol of Divine Government or Divine Order. Read from this book and scan that QR code to get a copy! You won’t be disappointed!
I will see you in part 2 of “The King Calls for Queen Vashti”:

Personal Journal Entry: Vision of the White Eagle

Original Entry Date 1/4/2013:

As I was in prayer, The Lord gave me a vision:

I see a giant, white eagle soaring through the air. It swoops down into a giant, golden yellow field landing on the arm of a solitary scarecrow.
The field was glimmering with the colors of gold, red, and orange as the sun began to rise brightly casting its rays upon it. In that very same moment, the white eagle of God’s Grace and Glory suddenly takes flight, ripping off the arm of the scarecrow, carrying it with its talons as it flys off into the distance.
I hear the Lord say, “I will soon be disarming the enemy.”

Prayer: Solomon Prays for Wisdom

The True Riches of God’s Wisdom

To have God’s Wisdom is much greater than all the riches of the world. Let’s pray for God’s Wisdom today just like Solomon did in the following scripture. A key thing to note is that Solomon went to God in prayer with a true, humble heart:

Solomon Requests Wisdom
Now Solomon made [a]a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around Jerusalem. Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.
Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an [b]understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen[c] your days.”
15 Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

Personal journal: The sons of levi

Original entry date 5/10/2016: This morning as I prayed, God reminded me of the revelation He gave me last night while I was working on my Bible Study. The Bible Study is titled “The Sons of Levi.”
The Sons of Levi are a representation of the Christ Followers of this age, us, the Sons of God; those who have been reborn into Christ Jesus, our Lord, and our High Priest.

He then revealed to me why the Levites were the only ones who carried the Ark of the Covenant while others barely brushed it and died on the spot. It is a symbol of those who walk with Jesus wherever He goes.

Symbolization: Speak to the Rock

Original Entry Date 12/1/2015: There are two instances in the books of Moses where water is made to flow from a Rock. God’s purpose for this was to quench the thirst of His people, Israel, as well as give glory to His Name.
Let’s look at both passages, specifically examining the command God gives Moses for both occasions.

Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.”

So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”

And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”

And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”

And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Exodus 17:1-7 NKJV

Here we see the children of Israel in need of spiritual refreshment (symbolized by the lack of water and their intense thirst).

All throughout the Bible we read of instances such as this, where Israel so easily forgets the power in which God has already moved to provide for them. That is definitely something to remind ourselves of when we find ourselves lacking in faith.

Moses confides in God and is commanded to go before the people of Israel with the elders and his staff in hand. Moses was to go to the Rock in Horeb where God would meet him; He would be standing before Moses and the people on top of the rock in Horeb.
Moses was then to strike the rock once and water would flow freely from the Rock.

This is a picture of Christ (The Rock, God standing upon the Rock) and that by one blow of the Rod (Jesus crucifixion, He would only need to be “struck” once, meaning to die once) for the flow of Living Waters to run freely to His people.

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 7:37-39 NKJV

Now lets read the 2nd instance where God provided water for His people from a Rock.

Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.

Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they [a]fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

13 This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.

Numbers 20:1-13 NKJV

Here is a second account of the children of Israel being in a land with no water (lacking spiritual refreshment) so they turn against Moses once again.

Gods commands to Moses are a bit different this time. Moses is commanded to, once again, take the staff and bring the people before the rock. But instead of hitting the rock God commands Moses to only SPEAK to the Rock and then the waters will flow freely .

Those commands go in one ear and out the other as Moses speaks to the people as if he is the one providing the water. He then smacks the Rock two times with the staff; the water flows freely but Moses made a huge mistake by not following Gods command.

This was to be another type of Christ, in that Moses was going to speak to the Rock and water would be provided. This was to typify how we can go to Christ and ask Him in prayer that in which we need and He will provide.

Striking the Rock twice was representative of those who lack faith in Christ Jesus and in the power of His resurrection. Jesus only needed to be “struck” once for the power of Holy Spirit (symbolized by the water) to flow freely.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:8-11 NKJV