Summary of passage: The Israelites set out for their journey to Canaan, traveling from place to place, still in the Desert of Sin. They reach Rephidim where there is no water so they again complain to Moses. Moses asks them why do they test the Lord. Still, they protest. Moses, exasperated, asks God what to do. God tells Moses to strike a rock at Horeb to bring forth water for the people.
6a) They complained they had no water and they accused him of bringing them out of Egypt so they could die–the same complaint they made in Exodus 16.
b) Because they lacked faith in God to provide.
c) He met their needs, specifically by sending out Moses to bring forth water from the rock of Horeb.
d) Water, especially in the desert is precious and life-giving. Jesus said he brings the water of eternal life if you choose to drink it (which is accept him as the Savior). Jesus is our Rock, our salvation, and if you drink from the rock, you drink of him. When Jesus was struck like this rock, living water flowed. We received the Holy Spirit from that rock and water (Jesus).
7a) The grumbled about water (Exodus 15:24; 17:2-3) and food (Exodus 16:3). Three times they grumbled, repenting zero times.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I am ungrateful a lot of the time, not remembering my blessings like the Israelites. I can be flippant as well to others and dismissive and selfish. I will ask God to allow me to remember my blessings, have a more grateful heart, and be kinder with my words and attitudes towards others. Lessen my selfishness.
Conclusions: I liked this cause it was a short read. It’s hard to read how much the Israelites grumbled cause I wonder how much I do the same thing. I think they are idiots, but I’m sure God thinks the same of me as well. Luckily, He showers me with grace like He did the Israelites as I continue on my imperfect path.
Please read John 7:39 for question 6d. It specifically says the living water is the Holy Spirit. I’m not sure why BSF cut that verse off.
End Notes: We in the Western world have a hard time understanding thirst. I know I don’t think I’ve ever gone without water for a day. So to go three days without water I cannot imagine. But without it you will die. And when dehydration sets in, the mind starts going and I’m sure patience as well. Thirst is the number one need and the most important here.
We can learn from Moses who took his problems to God in complete faith to solve them, which He did.
God has Moses perform this miracle for all to see so that they would know God is with them.
God answers with no words of reproach–something I know I need to work on.
In Deuteronomy, God specifically refers to this test at Massah and Meribah as examples of unbelief.
The greatest sin of the Israelites is right here in their own words: “Is the Lord among us or not?” I think even if God appeared personally, someone would doubt. I wonder what quality this is in us humans to doubt our eyes and our ears. Every lower animal relies on their senses to survive and we rely on our brain. Sometimes I think this may not be such a good thing. We overthink instead of just using our senses and knowing.
I wonder how much God’s heart broke because of this. What God wants most from us–belief in Him. Sad. Very, very sad.
We cannot think of the Sinai Peninsula as barren with no life. It is a desert but it’s a high plateau with mountains, trees, and some grasslands. It cannot support a large population but it does support life.
Insane in-depth analysis of the Wilderness of Sin, using mostly ariel satellite images. Great website to get an idea of what the landscape is like. Remember, no one is sure of these exact locations. These are the best guesses, using the Bible in terms of location. To me, it’s a great visual to gain a sense of what the Israelites faced.