Our life in this world is a life of exile, a life of being aliens and strangers in a world that is hostile and in rebellion against our Lord. How must we react to the hostility of our government and culture to the Christian faith?
In Mark 7:2-5, the Pharisees are said to practice ceremonial washing of the hands before eating, and “many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing (baptismos) of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.” Immersing dining couches?
With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany Godâ€™s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.
“Either the the flood waters/baptism waters are a judgment, i.e. they signal condemnation (for those who are not identified with Christ) or they signal salvation for those who are identified with Christ, who are in the ark.” – Dr. R. Scott Clark