Strike Two . . . You’re Out!!!
Read Numbers 20:1-13 and see for yourself. We read in Exodus 17:1-7 that Moses was commanded by God to strike the rock . . . Moses did, water came out, and it was all good. In Numbers 20, however, we read God rebuking Moses for striking the rock instead of speaking to it for water. The consequence? No entering the Promised Land.
Francis Schaeffer, in his book No Little People, helps shed some light on it:
“It is made plain that Jesus must be struck once before the rivers can be given. In the wilderness, when the water was given, the rock had to be struck once, but it was wrong to strike it twice. This was because when the rock was struck once, that finished the picture of the work of Jesus Christ. In order for the work of salvation to be accomplished and the Holy Spirit to be given, Jesus had to be struck once, but He will not be struck twice. Jesus appeared at the right time and died once for all on Calvary’s cross in space and time. When He was done, He said, ‘The work is finished.’ Later the same testimony was given by Peter and the writer of Hebrews: Jesus’ death was once for all.
Jesus was hung on the cross, He was pierced, He died. Though He cried out from Calvary, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?’ this was not His last word. Rather, He said, ‘It is finished’ and turned to the Father: ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’ The work is done, and since Pentecost every person who believes on Jesus as his Savior has the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of truth . . . living within him.”
Hmmmm. . .
God was angry with Moses because the rock didn’t need to be struck any more. The one strike was sufficient. As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:4, the Rock was indeed Christ. Christ has been struck. . . once for all. Nothing else is needed to atone for our sins or provide for our righteousness.
The warning for us is to understand that God is angry when His own children do not trust His sufficiency. When we do trust that the one strike was enough, we are free. When we want more proof or try to add to it by our efforts, we are enslaved.
Strike one. . . it’s enough. Strike two. . . you’re out. Rely on Christ’s sufficiency today. Be free. . .He paid it all.