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January 30 - Morning

"There was no water for the people to drink.
So they quarreled with Moses and said,
‘Give us water to drink!’
…the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said,
‘Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?’

Then Moses cried out to the Lord,
‘What am I to do with these people?
They are almost ready to stone me.’

The Lord answered Moses,
‘Go out in front of the people.
Take with you some of the elders of Israel and
take in your hand the staff with
which you struck the Nile, and go.’

- Exodus 17:1-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Israel Puts the Lord on Trial for Breach of Contract    

Exodus 17:2 says the people “quarreled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ ”  The word “quarreled” is rib, which can be used as “argued,” but it is also the word used when bringing a lawsuit (as in Deut. 25:1). In this setting Moses may be facing legal charges for a breach of contract for having failed to deliver his promise which was promised, promoted and clearly stated in Exodus 3:16-17, “Assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said:…I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites…a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Now the people demand that Moses produce the minimal expectation, “Give us water to drink!” And, then they charge Moses of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them in the desert. This “argument” has all the markings of a legal trial against a leader who appears to have betrayed his people and broken a contract. Surrounded by his accusers, Moses knows the evidence is stacked against him.

Moses takes the problem to the Lord and indicates the people’s verdict is almost decided when he tells the Lord, “They are almost ready to stone me.” This trial is really not against Moses, but instead the people have put the Lord on trial. The people are “testing” the Lord, but it is the Lord who has the people in the wilderness to test and train them. Israel refuses to listen, learn and obey. So, here again, the people “test” God, instead of “trusting” him.

With God now on trial before the people, the Lord tells Moses to go back out in front of the people with some of the elders and then go with his staff, the one used to bring judgment on Egypt, and strike the rock where the Lord was standing. When Moses did this, abundant water came out for the people and their livestock, and the charges against Moses, and against Yahweh, were dropped by the people. But, this incident was not forgotten by the Lord. The Lord had used the staff of judgment to defend himself in a lawsuit from the people who had accused the Lord of failing to keep his end of the covenant. It was time the people learned to trust God, instead of demand things from God. The Lord was leading the people to the Promised Land, not vice versa. If they were ever going to be able to receive the promise, they would have to learn to trust the Lord, and not test him. This people could not put the Lord on public trial every time they had a complaint.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"He is the true Gospel-bearer that carries it in his hands, in his mouth, and in his heart."
- Desiderius Erasmus



Something to Ponder??

In 1650 Anglican Bishop James Ussher published “the Annals of the Old Testament, Deduced from the First Origin of the World.” Ussher set 4000 BC as the beginning of human history and the Second Coming in 2000 AD. This was based on the concept that God created the world in six days and “a day is as a thousand years.”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Pur (Hb) – Lot (Eng) - pur is the Hebrew word that comes from the Akkadian word puru which means “small stone,” or “pebble.” Purim is the plural meaning "small stones." Small stones where used like dice to cast lots to help make decisions. Pur is used 8 times in the Hebrew Bible, and all 8 appear in the book of Esther where the lot was cast, the pur, to decide which day would be the day when it would be legal to freely kill the Jews in Persia (Esther 3:7). The Jews were delivered from this massacre by Esther. The Jews celebrate the casting of the Pur, or The Feast of Purim, every year according to command of Esther 9:28-32.   Ancient Assyrian records show that Arabian queens were involved in politics and international affairs. This is in agreement with the ancient Jewish account documented in 1 Kings 10 and 2 Chr. 9 when the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon in Jerusalem. It would be typical of this time period for her husband, the King of Sheba (or, Saba), to have sent her to negotiate any trade or ecconomic concerns the kingdom of Saba (or, today's Yemen) would have had with the ships Solomon was sending out in
the Red Sea (2 Chr.8:17-18).
(Details here and here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I complain? Do I demand the Lord meet my request?
I will trust God's word and his promises. I will not put the Lord on trial.
I will continue to be obedient and wise, while I wait for the Lord.
  "Out Every word of God is flawless;
    he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."
- Proverbs 30:5
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Genesis 32 Genesis 41 Exodus 1-2
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is a photo taken in the Cardo in Jerusalem where this life size drawing illustrates what the Cardo would have looked like around 140 AD. (click on image for larger size)
A view from the Temple Mount looking through an archer's window (called an arrow loop) in the eastern wall. This is a view of one of the tombs (called "Zechariah's Tomb") in the Kidron Valley at the base of the Mount of Olives. This tomb was here in Jesus day and may have been referred to by Jesus when he spoke in Matthew 23:27-28. (More photos of tombs in the Kidron Valley here.) (See a view of an arrow loop or archers window from the outside here) (click on image for larger size)  
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