The first time Moses had to strike the rock, the second time they had to ask. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, as it had to be struck for the first time, and the end result is the same: it became water for the people. Yet this was a great difference before God so much that God did not allow Moses and Aaron into the land of promise.
Preach the Truth
Christians preach the truth in their own view, but it often differs from the truth of the Bible. This is because they are not trying to understand the truth by the Word of God. Many determine what is the truth by their own hearts and thoughts, but we can only know the truth through the word of God.
The Mark of the Beast
Christians have already tried to interpret this topic from several directions, but I don’t think they are looking for answers in the right place. Each age has its own fashion, and so it is with the mark of the beast. In modern times, due to advances in technology, it is imagined in the form of implantable microchips, or by consuming an energy drink called Monster, the sign in Hebrew 666.
Why did God appear on the mountain? To give His law to the people! And why did He appear in a fire? Because what is from this world cannot escape fire. Because there is nothing in this world that can survive in the presence of God! Therefore, we either obey His word and may have fellowship with God, or we disobey, but then His fire consumes us.
The key to our relationship with God is obedience. This is how we can get closer to Him, not through our emotions. Yet many choose the emotional path, so there is more praise in the place of obedience, and more prayer in the place of deeds. There is confusion in Christianity because they try to understand God through emotions.