“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 found fault with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you find fault with me? Why do you put the LORD to the proof?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle 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 rod 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, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
1 Corinthians 10:1-6
“I want you to know, brethren, 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 supernatural food and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did.”
“There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.”
Thirst, like hunger, are signals from our body telling us to eat and drink so that we can live. The people of Israel pressed Moses hard to give them water for there was none in the wilderness of Horeb, and God provided it. The water overflowed into the desert and
provided water for millions. But that miracle only fed their physical needs, leaving the people to thirst again later. The lesson is this: not only does God provide for our physical needs through food and water, but more importantly He has given us an eternal, living water through His son, Jesus. When we drink in this living water our spirit is nourished and we can focus on the things of God and live for Him, not the flesh.
It was no mistake that Jesus sought out the Samaritan woman at the well for she represents the type of person that so desperately needs and seeks Christ (please read John 4:1-42 for the whole account). She was a Samaritan, whom the Jews despise, she was a woman and had five husbands, which would make her very low from a social status viewpoint. Jesus offers her, like us, living water so she would never thirst again. Thirst after what? Seeing that she had five husbands, could it be her lust and desires, like her thirst, were never satisfied? Does this sound familiar? Jesus offered the woman forgiveness from her past and an opportunity to change, move on and be saved.
We, like her, have found that nothing seems to quench our lusts and desires. Once we have “satisfied” them it is not long afterwards that we need to have them quenched again and again. We are to draw on this life-giving water that Christ provides which in turn will provide the fruit that only his spirit can bring: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-25).
May we drink heartily of that life-giving water that Christ has offered to us. Let it well up within us, and may we be satisfied.