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Living Water

Read Exodus 17. Exodus is the story of the Lord delivering Israel out of Egypt.  It is the story of the mighty hand of the Lord working among men.  We know Him as the Almighty.  He is able to bend nature to His will. Exodus 17:1 says: At the LORD's command, the whole community of Israel left the wilderness of Sin and moved from place to place.  Eventually they camped at Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink. [i] First we notice that the community of Israel moved at the Lord ’ s command.  It has been some time since they left Egypt.  On the day they left Egypt we are told, “ The LORD went ahead of them.  He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. ”   (Exodus 13:21) The phrase “ moved from place to place ” is otherwise translated “ in stages. ”   This is not random wandering.  It is a measured journey to Mt. Sinai, where the people were to meet with the Almighty.  Acc

Warning Signs

When Moses finally convinced the elders of Israel that God sent him to deliver Israel from slavery to the Egyptians, the elders all bowed and worshipped God. Then the people of Israel were convinced that the LORD had sent Moses and Aaron.  When they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.  (Exodus 4:21) [i] However, when things got tough they were thrown into a panic and said: “ May the LORD judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials.  You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us! ”   (Exodus 6:21) The Israelites witnessed the plagues and God ’ s judgment of Egypt.  As they left Egypt, the Lord went ahead of them guiding them with a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day.  (Exodus 13:21-22) They had witnessed the power of God for at least a few months now, probably longer, but they panicked when they saw Pharaoh ’ s army chasing them.  They were camped b

Impossible Situations

“Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.”  (Exodus 14:28) [i] A few short hours before, the Israelites said:  “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?  Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?  What have you done to us?  Why did you make us leave Egypt?  Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt?  We said, ‘Leave us alone!  Let us be slaves to the Egyptians.  It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”  (Exodus 14:11-12) The Israelites were in a panic.  God had led them into an impossible situation.  In a minute, we will look more at the situation they were in.  We all face situations in life that cause us to panic.  Have you ever had questions like the Israelites asked?  Why did you lead me here?  Have you deserted me?  Why is this happening to me? Why does God lead us through these situations?  First, we need to understand that we can n