Today is Thursday, July 13. Good morning. Yesterday we discovered how Israel did not believe God would provide water for them, and they tested God. How will God show himself to be faithful? - Ian
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What did you pray for a year ago? Did you ever get an answer? Did you stop praying?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Heavenly Father, you made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look upon the heartfelt desires of your humble servants, and stretch forth the strong hand of your Majesty to be our defense against our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
DISCOVER [Exodus 17:8-16]
8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
_What was the location Israel were camped at when the Amalakites fought them? What had happened there already?
_Where else do we find Joshua? Who is he?
_What does Moses hold out so Israel can prevail?
_What happened when Moses was tired?
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
_God makes a promise about the Amalakites. Who is this promise recited to?
_Who will the Lord have war with in every generation?
_Why might the Amalakites have incurred the judgement of God?
+ HOW am I compelled to respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_Have I grown tired of praying for God's victory in some area of my life?
_Is there some enemy hurting God's people where I am?
_How has God been faithful to me when I have doubted him?
+ 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)