Yahshua as the Old Testament Rock

 

 

Our Savior is a spirit Being, Paul wrote in 1Corinthians 10:4. Paul called Him a. spiritual Rock.” This at­tribute has far-reaching implications few may realize. Note exactly what he wrote: “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Messiah.”

 

Other Biblical passages also refer to Him as the “Rock,” such as Psalm 18:2. The reference in 1Corinthians 10:4, however, is from Exodus 17 where Moses struck the rock in Horeb and wa­ter gushed forth. But the Bible also says the rock followed them. Are we to imagine this as a Rock” tumbling along behind them?

 

The Jew­ish commentary on the Old Testament is known as the Midrash. It dates back from the time of Ezra. The Midrash ex­plains that this rock itself followed the Israelites in their wanderings. It says the rock was round and rolled like a swarm of bees. When the taber­nacle was pitched the rock settled itself in the vestibule, remaining there until the tabernacle was again moved.

 

Life-giving Water from the Rock

 

Adam Clarke's Commentary says that Paul speaks of the rock, but metaphori­cally he meant the water from the rock, which the Israelites stored up in their skin-bottle containers.

 

They took their containers with them, and in that sense the rock (the water it produced) came with them. No evi­dence exists from Scripture that an ac­tual rock followed the wandering Isra­elites. This calls for another look at 1Corinthians 10:4.

 

Going to the Greek text, we learn that the objective pronoun “them” is not there. The clause simply reads, “That spiritual Rock which followed,” or a bet­ter rendering, “A spiritual following Rock.” (See Companion Bible note.)

 

Yahshua Is Manifest

 

Paul mentions four outstanding events occurring to the Israelites.

 

• They went under a cloud and were protected and guided by a pillar of fire by night and by the cloud in the day.

They all passed through the sea and by the cloud and sea were metaphori­cally baptized into Moses.

• They ate the spiritual meat (manna - a miraculous spiritual food which ap­peared six times a week).

• They drank of the spiritual rock that followed the three other miracles, and had far greater significance for Is­rael and us.

 

All of these special events were miracles, and Paul mentions them in the sequence they occurred: The protection of the cloud; crossing the Red Sea; the daily manna. These miraculous acts were all followed by the miraculous wa­ter gushing from the Rock. The gushing water came after the three other miracles, showing Yahweh's care of His people.

 

Paul clearly identifies the “Rock as the Messiah. The Apostle John picks up on this theme, showing the New Testament application of this Water of Life that comes from the Savior. Yahshua tells us as well as the woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of Elohim, and Who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living wa­ter” (John 4: 10).

 

Source of Living Water

 

Yahshua went on to explain that He was the source of living water, the spe­cial water that would quench our spiri­tual thirst: “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4: 14).

 

Upon the last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Yahshua stood and cried out, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes on Me, as the scripture has 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 Spirit was not yet [given]; because that Yahshua was not yet glorified” (John 7:38-39).

 

Yahweh's people in the Old Tes­tament were given physical bless­ings, representative of spiri­tual blessings available to His faithful followers.

 

Our decision to obey or not to obey makes all the difference when it comes to what our Savior means to us: “Unto you therefore which believe [He is] pre­cious: but unto them which be disobe­dient, the stone which the builders dis­allowed, the same is made the Head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being dis­obedient: whereunto also they were ap­pointed” (lPet. 2:7-8).

 

Yahshua can be a stone of stum­bling, a rock of offense for many who will not accept and follow what He taught. Or He can be the solid Corner­stone when we build our spiritual house upon the Rock of Salvation. It is all up to us.

 

by Donald R. Mansager

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