Originally posted by divegeester
Good question. There are lots of Gospel messages in play here I think; warnings against disobedience, warning against anger. But mainly the message is that the rock was being struck twice by Moses instead of once, where Christ is the Rock and he "died once - for all". Also Moses represented the Law, and it is the law which brings us to Christ. Christ ...[text shortened]... is represented in the OT through Joshua and to an extent Caleb. This is my take on it anyway.s
Divegeester's insight approaches what I too have learned.
I think we are talking about Numbers 20 compared to Exodus 17.
Moses was told by God to speak
to the rock. Moses let his temper get the better of him. Instead of speaking to the rock he struck the rock twice.
God honored his prophet and let the life quenching water flow. But he took Moses aside and told him that he failed to sanctify God before the people.
Christ was struck by the judgment of God once for all. From that one death all sinners now only need to call on the Lord or to speak to the Lord. Christ died once. He is not crucified more than once.
I think I recall that the Hebrew word for the rock in that passage is different from the previous instance when God told Moses to strike the rock with his rod. In this instance the word indicatess "lifted" as in lifted up. This probably signifies the resurrected Christ in ascension. After His death on the cross He was resurrected and ascended to the third heaven, to "the right hand of the Majesty on high".
To receive the Holy Spirit we only need to speak to the ascended Lord at the throne in Heaven. We do not need to worship Christ still hanging on the cross but Christ resurrected and ascended to the peak of the universe (as it were).