Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Isaiah 19:22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal [it]: and they shall return [even] to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.
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Scripture is filled with glorious pictures of redemption and deliverance. It is incredible how the simple message of redemption, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, can be presented in so many different ways. The Exodus chapter is the account where God tells Moses to smite the rock, and water will flow to provide drink for His people. The Rock once smitten of course is The Lord Jesus Christ. He was smitten on the cross for our sins. We receive from Him the flowing streams of the water of eternal life in The Person of The Holy Spirit.
But before we experience this fellowship with Christ in The Spirit, we must first experience being smitten with the conviction of our sinful state. First smitten and then healed is always the divine order. Whenever The Spirit of God smites us, it is always to bring us back to that place of prayer and dependency upon The Lord. Beloved, as long as we are on this earth, we will be dwelling in these mortal, corruptible bodies that are prone to wander and stray from the narrow path of life and light. But God is faithful to smite us and spare us of falling deeper into the pit of despair and emptiness. God’s son Jesus Christ was smitten for us. Because of the remaining corruption that is in our flesh, we too need to be smitten. By His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12.5-11)