January 23, 2006
Read Exodus 17
Thirst causes murmuring against Moses; water from the rock; Amalek defeated; Jethro's advice; God speaks at
As they continued their journey toward the promised land, the Israelites faced another test of their dependence upon God. All the congregation . . . journeyed . . . according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched (encamped) in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured (grumbled) against Moses, and said, Wherefore (Why) is this that thou hast brought us up out of
The wilderness journey again and again exposed the Israelites' refusal to trust the Lord. God has warned us: Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation (rebellion), in the day of temptation (testing) in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. . . . I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err (disobey) in their heart (Hebrews 3:8-10).
The Christian's faith is not based on favorable circumstances but on our all-wise Creator (Malachi 3:6). The key to peace of mind and overcoming all life's problems is confidence in God and in His Word. The Christian is admonished to express faith when ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (various testings): That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:6-7).
As the Rock and the Water that came forth from it (Exodus 17:6). They drank of that spiritual Rock (Petras in Greek) that followed (accompanied) them: and that Rock was Christ (I Corinthians 10:4; compare John 7:38).
17:2 chide = find fault; 17:13 discomfited = defeated; 17:15 Jehovah-nissi = The Lord is my standard or banner; 19:5 peculiar = special possession.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:15