How exciting it was as I studied a Sunday School Lesson for children on the Rock of Horeb. (Exodus 17) It is thrilling to see Jesus all throughout the Bible and the many spiritual applications that one can make to his own life. Below are seven lessons that stood out to me while I was studying this particular passage on the Rock of Horeb.
The children of Israel were complaining again that they had no water. They were blaming Moses for taking them into the wilderness to die, but God knew where the Israelites were and the fact that there was no water did not take Him by surprise.
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- God always know our circumstances and He won’t lead us without provision. Where God leads, He always provides.
- Our complaints are against God and no one else. We are not to tempt God. Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. We are to do all things without murmuring or complaining. Rather than complaining, why not pray for our leaders (any leaders whether in church or at work or in our country’s offices); they too are human and need God’s wisdom and strength. They too face temptations. And many of them need to be saved!
- It is always easy to blame someone or something else for our trials or burdens. Yet, God knows our trials and often allows them to mold us more into his likeness. Romans 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
- Moses cried to the Lord – Cry out to God in your distresses. Ask for wisdom and solutions to problems, not necessarily that the problem will go away, but that God will show you how to face and solve the problem. Remember that God already knows the answer. Psalms 86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
- God hears our prayers. Psalms 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. He gives answers and solutions to problems. But the solutions will be conditioned on our obedience to Him. And often our obedience must be in the sight of others.
- God goes before us; He is our Rock, our salvation, The One who sent His only Son Jesus to become sin for us so that we might have living water.
- Just as God stood before Moses He will always be standing before us when he asks us to do something. Just as Moses smote the rock, so Jesus had to be smitten for us in order for the living water to be available. Just as water came forth from the rock of Horeb, we can be assured the God is our rock and will give springs of living water to all who believe. When one partakes of the living water, he will never thirst again. Everyone saw the water come forth. Do others see the living water flowing out of my life? Is it being shared with others?
- The place was called temptation because the people tempted God. Oh that the place of our trials were marked victory because we trusted God through them rather than temptation because we decided to try God in our grumbling and complaining. Psalms 98:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
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