Why Moses Struck the Rock and Why God Punished Him In the same manner, Moses striking the rock has spiritual meaning. Why God Punished Moses. At first, in Exodus 17:6, God told Moses to strike the rock. At each point, God always tells Moses to gather the elders and people to see – this is not coincidental, God is Moses Sunday School Crafts and Activities How to Make the Baby Moses in an Envelope Basket Craft: 1. Children cut out the pattern, glue Chenille stems in the inside of the basket to make a handle, color the pictures. Patterns for this craft are available to members on The Resource Room and as an instant download.