THEME: THE ROCK
Exodus 17:1-7 NIV
“The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?” 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?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
-Massah means trials and tribulations in Hebrew while Meribah means quarrel. The Israelites complained continuously as their suffering in Egypt had been of a different nature, for they lacked water. Their despair was evident in the fact that they wanted to stone Moses for their provisions had dried up in the desert. They had stopped trusting in God even after delivering them from Egypt and showing them diverse signs and wonders. They now were looking to Moses the man, as their source and provider. They forgot the ten plagues that the Lord sent to the Egyptians, and the slitting of the Red Sea securing their lives. They forgot the Lord who led them with a pillar of fire by night giving them light and a pillar of cloud by day showing them direction (Exodus 13:21). They wasted their lives in the desert going round for forty years in the wilderness and all the men of military age when they left Egypt had died and they did not see the promised land (Joshua 5:6). We are called to give thanks to God always and trust in Him for He is the Rock of our salvation.
Lord You are our Rock, Fortress and Deliverer. Our God You are our Rock, in whom we take refuge, our Shield and the horn of our salvation, our Stronghold in whom we put our trust. Some trust in horses, others trust in chariots but we put our trust in You our Lord and God. May You protect and preserve our children as they go back to school and cover them with Your precious blood. May You grant them good success in their studies and guide them in the way they should go. May You also guide us with Your pillar of cloud by the day lest the sun smites us, and by a cloud of fire by the night to give us the Light of Your salvation. May You forgive us all our sins and protect us from the schemes of the enemy. May You bless us and expand our territories dear Jesus. May You lead through out the week and provide new opportunities for us to prosper in the purposes for which You have anointed us. We give You glory Lord and honor You. You are our God and our Savior, our Shield and Protection, in You we put our trust. Amen
Further reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18