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June 2, 2017

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Reading along with us in Exodus? Here’s today’s reading:

Exodus 17 (ESV)

All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”… Continue Reading

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This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Tonight I am reading in Hebrews 8 (yes, I know I am all over the place in Hebrews! Sometimes I am reading ahead in chapters I haven’t taken notes on, sometimes I am reviewing for my study, and sometimes I am re-reading and creating questions for our study.)

  2. I reread Exodus 6 tonight and then read chapter 7, and ended up on a really awesome rabbit trail because of Exodus 6:2-3. You could do a whole Bible study just on the names of God and what they reveal about Him!! I posted on Exodus 7’s page about what I found.

  3. They moved from the wilderness of Sin by stages. It is like how we slowly see things that are not pleasing to God and move away from them. Peeling back the layers of the onion.
    The staff that struck the water to part it on God’s instructions now is to strike the stone at Horeb and water pours forth. Very cool.

  4. The staff of Moses, the vehicle through which God’s power is made available, comes through twice here. It is used to bring water from the rock (how miraculous!) and also provide victory in battle for Joshua. I wonder how long it took them to figure out that the staff was controlling the battle? Certainly Moses has a sense that God may use it in some way since he specifically mentions bringing it with him on the high ground as Joshua fights the Amalekites.

    How important for them to realize the power was not in the staff, but in the God who empowers the staff. It is the same for us to. The power isn’t in our prayers as much s it is in the God who promises to answer prayer according to His will.

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