Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beating The Rock -Darin Hufford

 Do you wonder why Moses who was supposed to lead the people to the promised land did not enter the promised land himself?  This article by Darin Hufford will enlighten you.  Please be forewarned that there are some strong languages used which may offend some readers. I will let the author explain himself which you can accessed in this hyperlink http://freebelievers.com/blog-entry/beating-the-rock  or simply by clicking the title.

Below are some excerpts from Darin's article :

There’s a story in the Old Testament where Moses and the newly liberated Israelites are fresh in the wilderness just after having escaped the Egyptian army through the Red Sea. The Israelites are thirsty and immediately start complaining. God tells Moses to take his
 staff and strike this rock in the middle of the desert and water would flow from it. Moses obeys, and water springs forth. Enough to quench the thirst of over a million people and their animals.  
Later on, the Israelites find themselves right back in the very same place and in great need of water. Like clock-work the people begin complaining and Moses goes to God for answers. God brings Moses back to the same rock as before, but this time He tells Moses to take the staff, gather the assembly together, and SPEAK to the rock before their eyes instead of striking it.  
Moses, in his anger and frustration, gathers the assembly together in front of the rock, takes his staff, and strikes the rock two times. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.  
Moses pays a great price for this little episode. God takes from Moses the honor of being the guy who gets to lead the people into the Promise Land. He was only allowed to stand upon a mountain and see this land from a distance, but he couldn’t lead the people into it.    
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The first time the people needed water, God told Moses to take his staff and strike the rock in front of the Israelites. This is a picture of Christ being stricken. It’s also a picture of LAW. ............

The next time around however, God instructed Moses to SPEAK TO THE ROCK. This is an entirely new covenant!!!!! This is a picture of the very essence of the New Covenant.  It’s a picture of RELATIONSHIP. .........

In this particular Testament-Taste-Test, Moses favored the Old wine over the New. He was the first in a long line of people who would make the very same choice. Christ Himself said, “No one after drinking Old (Testament) wine wants the New (Testament), for they say, “the old is better.” This was true for Moses and it’s true for most of modern day Christianity.  
...........Sadly, because Christianity today does not want to give up Old Testament thinnking, we have done our best to weave both covenants together in a way that makes them void each other out completely. We’re safe, and then we’re not safe. We’re loved, and then we’re not loved. Salvation is free in one moment, and then in the next it’s not. We’re forgiven, and then we’re not. We’re paid for, and then we’re in debt. We’re not under law, and then we are. God will never leave us, and then He does. We’re set free, and then we’re caged again. We’re given a guarantee of what is to come, and then we’re told there’s no guarantee. It’s all free, and then we’re charged for it.  
Christianity has become a deadly roller coaster of contradictions and confusion at every turn.....

If that offends you, let it, because this is the state of Christianity. Our religion is afraid to commit to the New Covenant completely because it knows the moment it does, people will be set free and they won’t continue to serve the system. 
.......We haven't found this water because we refuse to put our staffs down and speak to the rock!


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for explaining this story about Moses. Before I read your blog entry, I have always wondered why a seemingly teeny-weeny thing would forfeit Moses of the promise to see the promised Land. Now I know better.

    jen
    www.mannaforjenny.org

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  2. You have a really cool blog :)

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