In our Sunday School class yesterday there was some discussion on the severity and purpose of God’s judgment of Moses’ in Moses allowing his anger to change God’s directive to get water for the children of Israel. Here is some information to help clear up the importance of that action.
When the Hebrews ran out of water, Moses was directed to smite (strike) the rock the first time which he did. Exodus 17:1-7 (Notice verse 6 “I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb”) This was a picture of the once smitten Christ – the price paid for our sin.
40 years later, Moses was directed a second time to get water from a rock but this time to only speak to it. (Numbers 20:8-13) In his anger and desperation he struck the rock twice which incurred the Lord’s anger and he was forbidden to enter the Promised Land.
1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Hebrews 10:10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (RSV)
The provision of water from the rock was to be a picture of the crucified Christ who’s death would be sufficient to redeem man from his fallen state. Moses’ sin wasn’t just that he failed in a moment of weakness for that is common to all men, but his sin was that he spoiled the picture of God’s salvation. Had God not disciplined Moses, all who followed thereafter could conclude that every time a person sinned, we would have to start over and get saved again. That would mean that His death was not sufficient and that there was no security in God’s promise to save us. It would be an insult to God’s Holy name. Sadly, that is exactly what some teach today.
The truth is that the death of Jesus on the cross is totally sufficient to satisfy the righteousness of God. The just dying for the unjust, so that if we are found in Him we are forgiven. He only needed to suffer the death of the cross once and after that, when we sin, we only need to come and confess our sin to be fully forgiven. 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.