Exodus 17 : Water and Battle

February 4, 2024 ·

Summary: 

The Israelites moved on from the Desert of Zin, to a place called Rephidim, where there was no water, and the people complained. God told Moses to strike a rock at Horeb and water will come out. Moses does this, and the people have water to drink. 

The Amalekites attacked the Israelites, and Joshua led the army there. Moses held up the staff on a hill, and when he did so, the Israelites were winning, and when he didn’t, the Israelites were losing. He got a bit tired, so Aaron and Hur had to help him. The Israelites beat the Amalekites, and Moses built an altar. 

Key verse: 

7. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

My thoughts: 

When they were hungry, God gave them food, when they were thirsty God gave them water, when they were in battle, God brought them victory. Yet somehow, the Israelites still manage to doubt whether God is with them. What more do they want? 

This chapter introduces Joshua as a victorious war leader. He later becomes Moses’ successor.

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