The Challenges of Providing Water

Today's challenge of providing water-the most vital resource-for a growing population requires bold, progressive political leadership

By MIRELE B. GOLDSMITH
June 20, 2011 15:20
4 minute read.
Providing Water

Providing Water (do not publish again). (photo credit: Avi Katz)

 
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The Israelites have spent 38 years in the desert since leaving Egypt. Now they are camped at Kadesh and there is no water. They blame Moses.

God tells Moses to take his staff and order a rock to yield water. As he stands before the rock, Moses speaks angrily to the people, “Listen, you rebels, shall we get water for you out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10) Moses strikes the rock twice. Water flows from the rock and the people and their beasts drink.

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