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October 26, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Luke 6-7
Audio: Luke 6-7

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.”
(Exodus 14:31 ESV)

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. 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?” 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?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 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. 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. 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 Lordamong us or not?”

Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

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  1. 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?” Exodus 17:3

    Is The Lord Among Us Or Not?

    Just like the previous chapter, the people of Israel are grumbling. This time they were dying of thirst. While the text doesn't say they were on the brink of death, if they're traveling in a wilderness without water and there is none in sight, I'm sure their thirst was severe.

    How incredible is it that the Lord provided water out of a rock? As with many miraculous things God has done, people typically look for "natural" reasons to explain the unexplainable (or they don't believe the miracles happened). The supernatural for many is nothing more than a fantasy or fable.

    Throughout the Bible there are records of God doing the seemingly impossible. God has also done many miracles throughout church history that display His power, might and sovereignty. But there are also famines, plagues and people dying from a lack of food and water. Some say if God was real, there would be no suffering. Others who may believe He exists might question why suffering happens or if God is able to do anything to help us. 

    When God provided water for the people of Israel, Exodus 17:7 says Moses, "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?”

    If God delivered Israelites out of Egypt, if God provided for their food, isn't it strange they are questioning whether He would provide for their water? 

    But that's the way people are who do not have strong, tested faith. Until God comes through for us, and comes through again and again, we question why things are the way the are. We might even doubt He is with us in our suffering. But as God provides for us and shows He can be trusted in all things, our faith and trust is increased and we stop questioning God (or as Exodus 17:7 called it, testing the Lord). 

    While there are times it is acceptable to test God (such as tithing when you don't have enough money to live on), we should never put God to the test out of doubt.

    Remember when the Lord Jesus was led up by the Spirit in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? After fasting forty days and nights, Satan tempted Him by essentially telling Jesus to force God to prove His words. Jesus replied, "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test" (Matthew 4:7).

    We can always trust God's promises but should not do things to test Him. We can trust that God will intervene but we shouldn't do things to "force" God to prove He will. 

    What lessons are you learning from the Israelite's experiences?

    How has your faith been strengthen in your own personal wilderness experiences?

  2. God has come through for me time and time again. I am only still alive because he saved me multiple times. He's brought me through the wilderness over and over, and He's never left me, although there have been hundreds of instances in which I've felt very alone. He has tested my faith, and I am now at a place where I know completely that it is all in His hands, and I am so thankful for that. 

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