Saturday, March 13, 2010
Don't ever break the type
Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there. Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them. Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them. (Numbers 20:1-13)
Why was God so angry with Moses in this instance? Previously Moses had struck the "Rock" and it gave water (c.f. Exodus 17:1-7), but this time, striking of the "Rock" resulted in Moses not being allowed to lead the Children of Israel into the land promised to them. Moses saw the land, but he never entered in (c.f. Exodus 3:23-29).
The key to understanding this passage is found in the Book of I Corinthians (I Corinthians 10:3-5); the Rock that followed the Children of Israel in the Wilderness was Christ. By striking the Rock the second time, Moses broke the type. Christ was to be crucified only once. He is not to be crucified over and over again. To do so is to make His Atonement of no greater effect than that of bulls, goats, sheep, doves, and all the other animals that were sacrificed over and over again under the Levitical sacrificial system.
Christ's once for all sacrifice is eternally efficacious. Now all we have to do is ask, and we shall receive all that is asked according to the will of the Father. This is why the Roman Catholic notion of Transubstantiation is such a wicked doctrine; it presents Christ as re-crucified over and over again; which can never be.