Exodus 17:17:1 "And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?"
The children of Israel were on their way to Mount Siani when they ran out of water. Once again, they began to murmer and complain. They accused Moses and Aaron of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them. The children of Israel complained constantly. Everytime they needed something, they complained and accused and cried; much like a little child throwing a tantrum. They didn't know the meaning of "Waiting upon the Lord." But each time they complained, God faithfully met their needs!
Exodus 17:3 "And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?"
Moses cried to God and asked what he was supposed to do for these people for they were about to stone him. God told him to take the rod he had used to part the Red sea with and smite a rock there. Notice: God said, "Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock." It is good to know that when we have a need God has already gone before us and made provision. The water was in the rock but the people couldn't see it. Moses had to believe God could bring water from the rock and he had to act on that belief by striking the rock with his rod before he could tap into the water. God is always standing before us with a way out but we have to believe in Him, even though we can't see Him, and then we have to act on that belief instead of murmuring and complaining.
Exodus 17:8 "Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
Amalek was a descendant of Esau and an enemy to Israel. This was the first time Israel had to fight. Joshua chose men to go fight the Amalekites. Moses took the rod and went to a hill where he could overlook the battle. Aaron and Hur went with him. When Moses held up the rod, Israel prevailed but when he got tired and let the rod down, Amalek prevailed. When Moses' hands became heavy, Aaron and Hur sat him on a stone and stood on each side of him and held up his arms. This behooves us to hold one another up when we are weak. It is easier to fight the battle if our friends are supporting us! Joshua won this battle with the Amalekites but there would be more later. God was beginning to prepare Joshua to lead the people to conquer the land of Canaan. He told Moses to tell Joshua that Amalek was to be utterly destroyed some day. At the end of the battle, Moses built an alter to God. We often forget to praise Him after the enemy is defeated!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I CORINTHIANS 10:1 "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
If we are under the cloud of Christ today, we will pass through the sea unharmed! We
are baptized unto Christ and are thus protected by Him. The Rock that brought forth the fresh
water of life for the Israelites in Exodus was Jesus Christ. The manna represented the body of
Christ and the water from the rock the living water that only He can give. We eat the same
"spiritual meat" they did and drink the same "spiritual drink" today. They looked forward to
the coming of Christ for their salvation and we look back to the cross for ours.
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