I was blessed last night to catch the last few lessons of J. Vernon McGee on the web. Wouldn't you know it, he was teaching on the historical happenings of the last posting...funny how the Spirit arranges that, eh?
When Paul writes...
They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
1 Corinthians 10:2-5
he alludes to the incident of Numbers 20 when God gives the Israelites the water of life from the rock. Paul tells us that the rock was Christ. Knowing that, Dr. McGee help me understand more fully why Moses' act of hitting the rock was bad enough to keep him from entering the Promised Land.
Rather than trusting and obeying completely, by simply asking The Rock for the water of life, Moses lost his cool and struck the Rock twice with a stick, literally "beating" the gift of life out of Christ. This act was a foreshadowing of the beating Christ took on his way to the cross. True, Moses could not have known that, but he certainly knew to follow God's word exactly; after all, he had the rarest honor of getting the Word directly from God.
He didn't, and he lost a privilege. (Dr. McGee noted that ultimately, Moses stood on the Promised Land, as he was there on the Mount of Transfiguration.)
Putting those pieces together, don't you have an even greater appreciation of Paul the Historian?