Today is Wednesday, July 12th 2017. In today’s passage we read more into the repetitively doubting hearts of the Hebrew people in correlation to the ability and consistency of God to provide for the needs of His people. In this case it is thirst. Can you relate? Join us at our gathering, which take place on Sundays, 9:00 and 10:45am.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever doubted in God’s ability to provide a need that you had in time of hardship? What was the need? Did he provide?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Exodus 17:1-7 ]
17 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will 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 quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who moved from the wilderness? Who commanded this action? v.1
_ What was not available to the Israelites? v.1?
_ What kind of interaction is present in v.2 between Moses and the congregation? What two
questions does Moses ask? v.2
_ What question do the people bring to Moses in v.3?
_ According to Moses what are the people almost ready to do? v.4
_ What Miracle does the Lord say he will provide to His people in v.5-6? How does this show the Lord’s faithfulness and patience?
_ Why did Moses call the place of the miracle “Massah and Meribah? v.7
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)