- 2 years ago
When I first saw today's passage, I had to look at it again and again and again, because I had a strange sensation about this text that I rarely get about a biblical passage anymore. I had the sensation that I had never seen this passage before. I know I have read it before because I have read all of Corinthians several times, but something about the imagery Paul uses here was very odd for me. It sounded strange--more mystical than Paul usually sounds.
Listen to that first part again: 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.
Usually Paul sounds like he's trying to teach us something with carefully constructed arguments and logical progressions. Here he sounds like he's struggling to communicate something that is just beyond his ability