Exodus 17

Vs. 3, “But 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?”  Oh Israel…how easy you forget.    The Israelites take their grumbling up a notch by quarreling with Moses (vs. 2).  Like the Red Sea incident, Moses uses the staff to divinely manipulate water (vs. 5-7).  Question: Why the lack of faith?  I recall driving through a desert and I thought that was hard.  Imagine traveling through the desert on foot with over one million others?  But these tough desert times were for their benefit (Exodus 20:20).  In the second half of our chapter, we see Israel’s first military encounter (vs. 8-16).  The Amalekites were probably descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:12, 16).  They would be thorns in Israel’s side as the years progressed (vs. 16).  We are also introduced to Joshua the warrior who would battle the Amalekite as Moses would hold up his staff (vs 11-13)!  Though we are not sure the original significance, we are certainly reminded that it was God who helped them win this battle!

Regarding application…Obedience.  Vs. 10, “So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.”  The LORD could have easily just blotted out the Amalekites, but this time He chose to use the Israelites.  There will be battles that we cannot avoid both physically and spiritually.  God called on Joshua to help lead His people in battle.  Joshua was able to round up the right people (vs. 9) to help him fight the enemy.  Joshua was prepared.  We also need to be prepared to obey when God calls us.  Question: Are you ready?

Revelation 22

Vs. 7, “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”  Jesus makes sure to remind us three times in the final chapter of the final book in the whole Bible that He is coming soon!  Question: Are you ready for Jesus to return?   For most of us…we probably are not completely ready.  It’s safe to say there is still much to do when it comes to preparing the way of the Lord.  I love the promise that we are given if we follow His word…we will be blessed.  Being blessed by God isn’t always what we see as being blessed…just remember the life of Paul and all of his hardships.  But, we are reminded about how glorious it will be when He brings the final chapter to fruition!.”  Jesus makes sure to remind us three times in the final chapter of the final book in the whole Bible that He is coming soon!  Vs. 7, ”

Regarding application…All Who Are Thirsty.  Vs. 17, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”  What a wonderful way to end the whole bible with the reminder that we are invited to drink from the Living Water (Jesus)!  By the time you are 70, you will have required 1 ½ million gallons of water.  If you lose 2% of your body’s water supply, your energy decreases by 20%. If you lose 10%, you’re unable to walk.  If you lose 20% of your body’s water supply, you’re dead. You can only survive about 72 hours without water.  Everyday we wake up and drink water or something to quench our thirst.  How much more than should we be drinking from God’s word & prayer?!?!  Dearest brothers and sisters…it is no coincidence that God would end his final chapter of His Word with the reminder of being thristy and quenching our thirst!