1 Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
Every bit of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, points us to Jesus. The foreshadowing given, the pictures painted, all are for the glory of God and to teach us about His character. The Old Testament and the Law set up the coming Christ and His fulfillment of the Law. Study of God’s Word can teach us lessons we never realized could be learned from these stories.
Paul shows us, in His letter to the church in Corinth, that the story of Moses in the wilderness with the children of Israel is more than just a story. The rock that Moses struck (Exodus 17:6) was more than just a rock, and this was more than just God showing His power. This, like so many other biblical illustrations, points us to Jesus, who is The Rock. In Him we find living water, water better than that which flowed to the thirsty people of Israel.
But this is also an illustration of what happens when we corrupt what is of God and celebrate it as man’s own (Numbers 20:10-11). The story of Moses striking the rock when God told him only to speak to it is a look at how we can be so quick to disobey God and make an idol out of our own achievements. Moses knew that once he had make water come from a rock by striking it with his stick, so when God told him to speak to the rock, Moses disobeyed and tried to repeat his previous feat. Moses took what was good and corrupted it. You know the rest of the story, he didn’t get to enter into the promised land with his people. Even with a great man like Moses, God didn’t tolerate idolatry.
Jesus is the true Rock, He is the source of all things good. Because we’ve experienced His goodness in the past, we can be too quick to assume that we had something to do with the blessings and try to get the same results in our own strength. This is idolatry, making ourselves into our own gods. There is only one Rock that has the water of life, and it’s Jesus.