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When God Tests

Exodus 17:1-7, Andrew Love, September 24, 2017


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Growing older is not easy
    • Examples
  • There are many blessings
    • Respect
    • Lev 19:32
    • Timothy was to respect older men and women
    • Grey hair is the splendor of old age
  • As you grow old there are dangers and blessings
    • Examples: (inc Noah, Moses, Hezekiah)
    • Ecc 7:10 - there can be a tendency to cynicism/nostalgia
    • Ex 17:7 - "Is the LORD among us or not?"
      • A danger for both young and old alike
    •  The Israelites doubted God
  • Overview:
    • The evidence that God was with them
    • The problem was unbelief
    • The solution is to remember who God is

The evidence that God was with them

  • The people had obeyed God but they felt God was not with them
    • God led them by a pillar of cloud at day and fire at night
    • God had opened the red sea, all their enemies had been destroyed
  • 15:22 - just three days later their attitude had changed
    • They were complaining because the water was bitter (15:24)
    • God changed the bitter water to sweet water
    • God led them to a place of 70 palm trees and 12 wells (15:27)
  • God leads them to the Wilderness of Sin and their food runs out
    • They were complaining again (16:3)
    • They looked back to Egypt's food and forgot their slavery
    • They were doubting God
  • God provides bread (manna) from heaven
    • They want meat also - so God gives quail from heaven
  • God gives every evidence of Himself to Israel
  • One more trial (chapter 17)
    • God was testing them
    • They fail the test asking "Is the LORD among us or not?"
    • They blame God (and others)
  • They were not trusting in the living God

The problem was unbelief

  • Do not harden your hearts
    • The people came to the worst conclusions (v3)
    • When God is testing us, we must wait upon Him
  • Psalm 106
    • Do we see what God is doing? (106:7)
    • Are we thankful for what God has done for us? (106:7)
    • They had forgotten who God was (106:13)
    • Explanation
    • They did not wait upon/for God counsel (106:17)
      • Do we listen to God
  • The people became very angry
    • They were ready to stone Moses (v4)
    • Anger can be expressed in different ways
    • Do not test God - Psalm 95:8
  • God's people can harden their hearts
    • Due to unbelief
  • 1 Cor 10:9-12
    • A commentary
    • Do not be like these people who tempted God

The solution is to remember who God is

  • Remember who God is
    • God vindicated His servant (v5)
  • We have the Word of God - which is our sole authority
    • We are to fear and reverence Him
  • Psalm 78:15, 16, 20
    • God would bring streams and rivers, gushing and overflowing from the rock
  • Psalm 81:16
    • He would have brought honey from the rock
  • 1 Cor 10:4
    • They drank of the Spiritual rock - Jesus Christ
  • Whether you are young or old, look to the Rock in times of testing and temptation
    • Remember all of God's promises
    • Exceedingly, abundantly, above what we can think
    • Do not become cynical
    • Do not despise the day of small things
    • Praise God

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Exodus 17:1-7

1And 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. 2Wherefore 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? 3And 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? 4And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5And 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. 6Behold, 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. 7And 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? (KJV)


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