One of the world’s greatest tools for addressing grievances, in society or in the workplace, is the strike. Striking people have been both successful and unsuccessful in their causes. God also is aware of the power of the strike. He uses this method to point out His grievance against us. The point of His strike is to bring us a solution to His complaint of our behavior toward Him. The problem God has with us centers around the breaking of His sovereign commandments. When we break these commands, we sin. When we sin, we separate ourselves from God. When we separate ourselves from God, we fall under His judgement. When His verdict is given, we are sentenced to eternal damnation. Here is a brief, brief from God’s view. Isaiah 59:2-4, NKJV, teaches God’s point.
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.”
God sees these types of behavior as sin, which cause us to be separated from Him. Well, who is God pointing His finger at here? The prophet Isaiah is speaking to Israel, but is Israel the only people and nation God is calling out? God is speaking to Israel and through Israel, He is speaking to every person in the world.
“For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:22-23 NKJV.
It is clear to see God has a problem with us, and we are under His judgement. However, the Lord has a problem within Himself, about us.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
God wants to save people and reconnect with us. Fortunately, for us, He has a solution to resolve His two problems. Therefore, He calls for two strikes. One strike He commands to happen. The other strike, He allows to happen. The strike He commanded was given to Moses. This strike was to solve the sin of Israel in their exodus. They were constantly complaining and bad-mouthing God. They were thirsty and needed water in the desert. Instead of prayerfully asking God politely to provide drink, they cursed Him for not providing water. They were saying this about Moses but really were meaning God. God not willing any should perish called Moses and commanded him to strike. In this strike, salvation water would pour out.
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.’ And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” Exodus 17:5-6 NKJV
The first strike was on a material rock. This strike was commanded. The second strike, God calls for, is allowed. This strike is against His Son, Jesus, who is figuratively the Rock. This strike pours out the water of salvation to all nations, peoples, and tongues. This strike reconciles and reconnects us to God, solving His problems. Here is the way it happened.
Jesus explains the strike.
“The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:7 NKJV
The strike happens. They nail Jesus to a tree.
“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33 NKJV
Jesus, nailed to a cross, gets a strike to His side by a rod called a spear.
“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear!”
And as water gushed out of the rock Moses struck, so water comes out of the Rock hanging on a tree.
“And immediately blood and water came out.” (Above (sections from) John 19:34 NKJV
This flow of water washes our bodies to make them clean in our salvation through Christ, allowing us to reconnect with God.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 NKJV
Perhaps, you are a soul that has grievances and complaints? You feel alienated and alone in this world. Possibly, you might have a desire to do a strike on your own. We see this played out all around the world. Individuals murder, terrorize, and hurt others because of an insane grasping of their unsolvable problems. I beg you to turn to Christ. Please find the solution to your issues through the angry whip strikes on His body, the nail strikes, on His hands and feet, and the spear strike in His side. Only here can you experience healing. Only in this place can you experience connectivity to God. Therefore, you will never be alone again.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
Oh, people of the world, enter the strike of God and our world will be healed! Accept your Savior today.