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Sunday, September 29 2013

Exodus 17: Water From The Rock

The Israelites could have been in the Promised Land only a little more than a year after the Exodus (most of the time was at Mount Sinai; see Paul's Geography Lesson), but due to their constant rebellion and whining, and then an actual refusal to enter the Promised Land, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) sentenced them to wander in the wilderness for forty years, until the adult rebel generation of the Exodus had all died off (see A Journey Without A Destination). It was their children and grandchildren who entered the Promised Land (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses).

The Israelites had become so psychologically dependant upon their slave masters to feed and water them (little different than cattle) that they expected to have someone to continue to do so after their liberation (see Exodus 13: Liberation, Not Liberal-ation), "Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink."

"17:1 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. 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink.

A Desert Oasis And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:1-2 KJV)

As they would do many times, with threats to stone Moses, they "murmured against Moses" (the reason that murmer and murder sound alike is because "murmering" means to speak in a threatening tone).

"17:3 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?" (Exodus 17:3 KJV)

"Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me," so the LORD provided the means for them to find the water that was available to them (see the Fact Finder question below).

"17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

17:5 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. 17:6 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. 17:7 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?" (Exodus 17:4-7 KJV)

The LORD then also provided enemies for the Israelites to relieve some of their hostility - while teaching them to defend themselves. With miraculous help, the Israelites were victorious.

"17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 17:9 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.

17:10 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. 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 17:12 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. 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

17:14 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.

17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: 17:16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." (Exodus 17:8-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does water "come out of the rock"?
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This Day In History, September 29

522 BC: Darius I of Persia killed the Magi known as Gaumata, thereby establishing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Ancient Persia, known today as Iran, was well-familiar with Jesus Christ (see Why Did The Magi Come?, Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).

480 BC: The Battle of Salamis was fought between the Greek fleet under Themistocles and the Persian fleet under Xerxes I (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids_.

61 BC: Pompey the Great declared victory at the end of the Mithridatic Wars (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Horatio Nelson 1197: German Emperor Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of the "Holy Roman Empire" died (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1227: Pope Gregory IX excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II for his refusal to participate in Rome's "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1364: At the end of the Breton War of Succession, English forces defeated the French in Brittany at the Battle of Auray.

1399: Richard II of England abdicated. He is the subject of William Shakespeare's play, Richard II.

1493: Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his second voyage to the "new world." All four voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa "discovered" the Pacific Ocean.

1758: Horatio Nelson was born. After a long and gallant career (during which he lost an arm due to a battle wound), the English naval hero was killed in battle (shot by a French sniper) at age 47 off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. where he defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets, capturing 20 enemy ships without a single loss of his own.

1829: London's Metropolitan Police, the "Bobbies," went into service. Their first headquarters was Scotland Yard, which later became the force's official name.

1859: A spectacular auroral display ("northern lights") was seen over a vast area in the northern hemisphere.

1875: The people of Cuba staged a rebellion against the imperialistic forces of Spain and the U.S. that were struggling to decide which of them would control Cuba.

1923: The British mandate in "Palestine" began (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1939: Germany and the Soviet Union reached an agreement on the division of Poland.

1943: Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (German My Struggle) was published in the U.S. Written while Hitler was in prison in 1924, the book gave early warning of what the demonic madman would do if he ever came to power (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1954: CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) was established.

1962: Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, was launched.

1979: Pope John Paul II addressed a crowd of more than 1 million in Dublin, Ireland.

1988: United Nations peacekeeping forces won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.

2004: The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passed within four lunar distances of Earth.



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