Drinking under the Veil
“10 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”
Baptism by water (through the Red Sea)brought the Hebrew refugees into a new land, but not the Promised Land they were looking for. Receiving the Spirit of God and transforming those refugees into a royal priesthood and a holy nation took 40 years of training and suffering in the wilderness. They could not receive their calling until they had the faith and courage to follow God wherever He would lead them.
I’m not going into pneumatology… yet.
I think there was something that happened in the time between. Somehow in the mix of open wilderness, yet covered in the cloud of the Almighty. There God held them and fed them. And it was there in that protected dry place that God gave them the water of life… the same water that Jesus would offer to a Samaritan woman centuries later. This water did not come from a stream or a spring. It did not come from collected rainfall. It came from a rock.
Paul, writing to the Christians in Corinth, compared them to those Hebrew refugees God was transforming into something magnificent. He explains that tee same God covered them all. They all were fed the same food and drank from the same miraculous water that flowed from a rock. That rock, explains Paul, that keeps them all alive, is Christ.
God holds us and nurtures us even as He is forming us into the new creations He intends us to become. If we follow Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians and the example of the faithful Israelites, we may find that our key to growth in God is persistence in following Him and continually returning to Christ, the source of our life?
Where do you feel most surrounded by God?
How can you seek Christ for renewed life today?