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Exodus 17

Water From the Rock

The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”

Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb.Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b] because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

The Amalekites Defeated

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

15 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[c] the throne of the Lord,[d] the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”




Exodus 17

Write this story down on the scroll Moses! and here we are reading it!
Pastor John gave us four points to think about this morning as we go through this chapter.

1) The importance of trusting God
2) The dangers of grumbling
3) The importance of prayer
4) The importance of community

Israel, trusting God, did as the Lord commanded as they traveled on their journey. They come to a place where there’s no water because yes it’s the desert! and no it wasn’t Moses fault but he gets blamed again. He is the leader of the pack and they start grumbling again why did you bring us here we had it good in Egypt now we’re just wandering around and we need water again. Moses goes to God. What am I gonna do with these guys? They’re ready to stone me now, I can see him rolling his eyes AGAIN. Moses KNOWS that God will provide and that God will give him direction.

So God tells him to get the elders and your rod … tap that rock. I’m sure Moses is like YES! I love using this rod! Time and time again God‘s Authority and power shows up through this rod for him. God has provided and protected them over and over but the Israelites keep grumbling and complaining to Moses, and like I mentioned yesterday they’re actually complaining and challenging God. Praise God for his grace and patience with us. Not only will he show his power but his pity.

God gives them flowing water from the rock quenching their physical thirst. The rock symbolizing Jesus Christ and his constant supply of the spirit of Christ for everyone. Living water. We turn on the faucet at home to quench our physical thirst amen! Better yet we can open our Bible to the living water of God‘s word which quenches our souls!

Moses prayed time and time again for the Lord’s guidance. They come upon a battle with Amalek. Joshua fights and as Moses prayed he holds the rod up as a banner to encourage the soldiers. The power of God sustaining them through that rod as he holds his arms up. His arms tire and others around him come to his aid, the importance of community. We can’t fight the world alone all the time. We are on God’s Team! We need to work together. Don’t sit on the sidelines get in the game. Support each other, hold each other up when we come against the enemy. All of us need prayer and someone beside us to intercede. Alter prayer should be lined up outside the door after service … honestly. Don’t be afraid to ask for prayer, have a prayer partner someone to confide in! I have a few people I can turn to.

And most importantly when we see God working in our lives write it down, share it! It’s a testimony to your faith and God’s power. These stories are stories of victory that can encourage others and remind you of God’s faithfulness.

So when you’re well runs dry what do you do? Who do you turn to?

🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️

“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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