Is the Lord among us or not? (Exodus 17)

And he called the name of the place Massah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:7

Wait one minute here!  Is it true?  Have we not already read this story before?  Yes, we have.  Now, I am not referring to water coming from the rock.   I am referring to Israel complaining against God’s servant Moses.

It seems with every trial (adversity) the people complain.  By now Moses is getting weary.  Moses cries out to God, “What shall I do with these people?”  

Question:  If you were Moses what would you do?

For me, I have two responses:

  • In my flesh I would have said, I am done with you, die of thirst.
  • In my new nature I would say, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Maybe you ask, where did you get your new nature response?  It comes from God Himself.  Here in Exodus 17 the Lord simply tells Moses to strike the rock and water will come out.  This is the mercy of God.  But this also is a picture of the one who was coming to be our rock and to be the water of life for us.

Jesus said in Mark 14:27 “They will strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.”  Jesus went to the cross for us.  He was struck by God so that we could go free.

Jesus said in John 4:14 “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”   Jesus is the living water we need.

What do I take away from this chapter:

  • In my humanity I sometimes fail to trust our all-sufficient God.
  • In my humanity I sometimes fail to be thankful for all God does in each and every day of our lives.
  • In my humanity I need to submit to the Spirit of God which is greater than my humanity.

Is the Lord among us or not?  Not only is he among us, He is for us!!!  Praise be to our God alone.

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