Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exodus 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 17. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The beginning of this passage once again finds the Israelites complaining about their situation.  This time it is driven by thirst and dehydration.
  • Moses asks God what to do and God instructs him to strike a particular rock. When Moses obeys, God causes water to stream from the rock and provide water for his people.
  • The Israelites are attacked by the Amalek tribe.  As long as Moses holds his staff above his head, the Israelites win the battle.  When his hands drop, they begin to lose the battle.  So, Aaron and Hur help to hold Moses' hands up so the Israelites win.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Even though God was literally providing for their everyday needs (see chapter 16), people still lost faith when circumstances got hard.  When this happened, Moses was the only one who seemed to know where to turn.
  • When Moses obeyed, God provided a way for his people to be taken care of, if even out of unlikely circumstances.
  • As long as the Israelites were reminded of who they were fighting for (by looking up at Moses' staff above his head), they had the confidence and strength to win the battle.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God has promised us that he will provide for all of our needs (See Matthew 6).  While this might mean we don't get everything we want, we can trust that we will always have enough for our needs.
  • More than words, God requires obedience.  God can use people who are obedient to him.
  • Life will always bring battles to fight and sometimes it can be unclear why or who we are fighting against.  We need to be reminded that we serve a living God whose image we bear and that is worth fighting for.