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[Anglican Devotional 23 February 2023] Topic: Get Satisfaction From The Rock

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TOPIC: Get Satisfaction From The Rock

READ: Exodus 17 (KJV)

17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

4 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?

8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

THE MESSAGE:

As usual, the people murmured when they got to Rephidim and there was no water to drink (verses 1-3). They forgot the recent turning of bitter water to sweet water. They forgot the provision of meat and manna. They murmured against Moses. The people so wearied Moses that he also began to complain; not to man but to God. The people were even ready to stone him. God asked Moses to strike the rock for water to come out. Moses obeyed and water came out in abundance. Amalek came to fight Israel but Joshua and his chosen men defeated them.

Are you thirsty and wearied? Go to the Rock of Ages for the water of life, to be refreshed. As Moses cried out to the Lord for help so we should do when we face challenges in life that we do not have solutions to. God is always ready to give us a solution. Do not join the group of those who patronise idolatry for solution where it does not exist. As the solution came from the rock through the intervention of God, so will your miracle solution come from the Rock of Ages. Do not give up hope.

PRAYER: My Lord Jesus, You are my own Rock, and I will always run to You.


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