In the Wilderness, there were three great divine gifts that sustained God’s people – the manna, the cloud(s) of glory and the perpetual well of water, which were connected to Moses, Aaron and Miriam respectively. The rolling rock that accompanied the Children of Israel on their wanderings in the desert became known as Miriam’s Well.
“For I do not want you to be unaware, 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 spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ” (I Corinthians 10:1-4 NASB).
Miriam’s well provided fresh potable water not only for the people, but also for their livestock (cattle and sheep). It also provided fresh living water by which the dry places bloomed with green pastures and delightful flowers. Everywhere their foot tread, as they were led by the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night, was blessed and abundantly full of life. No wonder God’s people loved and respected the wise and God-fearing prophetess.
Personally, I think Miriam’s connection to the rolling rock that followed the Children of Israel pouring forth living water started with her abandoned worship at the Red Sea. After Moses led the people to miraculously cross the Red Sea, Moses and all the people broke into praise singing the “Song of the Sea” (Hebrew: שירת הים, Shirat HaYam), which is also known as the “Song of Moses” listed in Exodus 15:1-18. It is followed by a much shorter version sung by Miriam and other women, as they euphorically danced with timbrels (Exodus 15:20-21).
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. Both horse and driver He has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His Name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy. In the greatness of Your majesty You threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble. By the blast of Your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy boasted, “I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. But You blew with Your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. Who among the gods is like You, Lord? Who is like You – majestic in holiness, You stretch out Your right hand, and the earth swallows Your enemies. In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia. The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away; terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of Your arm they will be as still as a stone – until Your people pass by, Lord, until the people You bought pass by. You will bring them in and plant them on the mountains of Your inheritance – the place, Lord, You made for Your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, Your hands established. The Lord reigns for ever and ever.’ When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Miriam sang to them: Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. Both horse and driver He has hurled into the sea” (Exodus 15:1-21).
Then, Exodus Chapter 15 goes right into how the Israelites went three days into the wilderness and found no water. They came to the bitter waters of Marah and grumbled at Moses. Moses cried out to the Lord who showed him a tree to throw into the water to make it sweet. After that the people grumbled again about a lack of water at Rephidim whereupon Moses was instructed by God to stand on the rock at Horeb and strike the rock, so water would come out of it (Exodus 17:1-7). This is how the precious living waters of Miriam’s well came to be in the Wilderness.
Let the generation who seeks His face sing and dance to the Lord a new song… a song of sweet living waters!
Give em heaven!!!
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Written March 17, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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