We too are just as tempted to test the Lord saying, “Is He among us or not?”

BibleGateway: Exodus 17:1-7

ESV Text: Exodus 17:1-7

Exodus 17:1–7 (Listen)

Water from the Rock

17:1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah1 and Meribah,2 because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

Footnotes

[1] 17:7 Massah means testing

[2] 17:7 Meribah means quarreling

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:29

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


Hymn: TLH 144 (LSB 421):
Jesus, Grant that Balm and Hearing

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1. Jesus, grant that balm and healing 
In Thy holy wounds I find, 
Every hour that I am feeling 
Pains of body and of mind. 
Should some evil thought within 
Tempt my treacherous heart to sin, 
Show the peril, and from sinning 
Keep me ere its first beginning. 

2. Should some lust or sharp temptation 
Prove too strong for flesh and blood, 
Let me think upon Thy Passion, 
And the breach is soon made good. 
Or should Satan press me hard, 
Let me then be on my guard, 
Saying, “Christ for me was wounded,” 
That the Tempter flee confounded. 

3. If the world my heart entices 
On the broad and easy road 
With its mirth and luring voices, 
Let me think upon the load 
Thou didst carry and endure 
That I flee all thoughts impure, 
Banishing each wild emotion, 
Calm and blest in my devotion. 

4. Every wound that pains or grieves me, 
By Thy stripes, Lord is made whole; 
When I’m faint, Thy Cross revives me, 
Granting new life to my soul. 
Yea, Thy comfort renders sweet 
Every bitter cup I meet; 
For Thy all-atoning Passion 
Has procured my soul’s salvation. 

5. O my God, my Rock and Tower, 
Grant that in Thy death I trust, 
Knowing Death has lost his power 
Since Thou trod’st him in the dust. 
Savior, let Thine agony 
Ever help and comfort me; 
When I die, be my Protection, 
Light and Life and Resurrection. 


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