Now, for something completely different and you’ll soon find out why. We’re going to rewind way back to Shazak Parsha in the beginning of the Book of Shmos.
One night, Paraoh’s stargazers looked up at the constellations.
“Tell me… what do you see?” asked Paraoh.
“Bad news, Your Majesty. We have seen in the stars that a boy was born today who will grow up to lead our slaves to freedom!”
“A boy, you say? Is he a Jew?”
“We are not certain. The stars are sending us confusing signals,” replied the stargazers. “However, the stars clearly show us that this so-called “redeemer” will end up being smitten through water.”
“Smitten through water? Hmmm,” thought Paraoh. “This time we’ll take matters in our own hands.”
“Royal officers!” he exclaimed. “I order you to drown all babies – whether Jewish or Egyptian. Throw them all into the water of the great Nile!”
“Ad Kan” (That means, “until here” is the quote from Shazak Parsha back in Parshas Shmos).
So, when the stargazers said that “this redeemer will end up being smitten through water” – although they didn’t realize it – they were right on target. Moshe Rabbeinu was punished. He was smitten. He did not lead his nation into Eretz Yisrael because of this Mei Merivah – “The Waters of Quarrelling Episode.”