The Significance of CHRIST IN YOU as your DAILY VICTORY – Part 2
We left off in Part 1 with the following question:
“What SPIRITUALLY went wrong?”
“Why did it take the Israelites 40 years to complete an 11 day journey.
For this question, the answer resides in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church.
I Corinthians 10:1-5 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the (Red) sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.”
Here one sees that Christ was the rock in the desert that the Israelites drank from. It is essential to briefly look at the Old Testament Scriptures, which state the drinking from the rock, so we can understand the spiritual significance. It is critical and invaluable to see why God was not pleased with most of them.
REMEMBER: as you read, the rock spiritually symbolizes Christ.
There were two incidents in the exodus journey when God told Moses to draw water from the rock. The first time occurred immediately upon the completion of the passage through the Red Sea.
Exodus 17:1-7 “And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?”
This event correlates with the believer’s initial moment of salvation. As the Israelites were baptized into Moses in the Red Sea, so is the believer baptized into Christ in His death on Calvary (Romans 6:2-5). This is the passage into a new life.
God instructed Moses to strike the rock. Striking the rock represents the Crucified Christ, who was bruised for our iniquities from the physical abuse of the Roman guards and the verbal and physical abuse of the religious leaders of Israel. Spiritually, all our sins bruised and crucified Him.
The second time this event repeated 38 years later in the desert of Zin. It is located in the book of Numbers 20:2-13
“And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and SPEAK YE UNTO THE ROCK before their eyes; and it shall give forth its water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod HE SMOTE THE ROCK TWICE: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed Me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and He was sanctified in them.”
It was near the end of the 40 years. This time God instructed Moses to speak to the rock. Yet, Moses did not speak, but struck the rock twice. God did not instruct him to strike it, but to speak to it. The spiritual significance is “to speak to the rock.” Jesus (the rock) is the Living Word of God. When a believer speaks the word, rivers of living water will naturally flow from the heart. John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him com unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
Therefore, the speaking to the rock represents the Resurrected Christ. Moses did not see nor believe this. He struck the rock, still seeing it as the crucified Christ. In other words, he left Christ on the cross. As a result, his unbelief in the Resurrected Christ kept him from entering Canaan, the true rest in the love of God. Water did come out abundantly when he struck the rock twice. However, it was only sustaining water, not satisfying. Why? Because they were still living in the wilderness. Water in the wilderness only sustains the carnal Christian to hang in there, to give his best of self-effort for Jesus. Water in the land (Canaan) totally satisfies the Christian who has entered because he enters into the rest and love of Christ. He rests from all His self-effort. His rest now becomes the activity of Christ through him. It is an active rest in His activity, far from a passive rest.
To be continued….