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When God Tests

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

Sermon Notes:


  • 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

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