10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our series on Moses with a discussion of Exodus chapter seventeen.

How was Moses to draw water from the rock?

There are two incidents where God instructs Moses how to draw water from a rock. The first is in Exodus chapter seventeen and the second in Numbers chapter twenty.  In the first Moses is to strike the rock and in the second he is to speak to the rock.  Moses follows God’s instructions the first time but not the second. The second time the people need water Moses is to speak to the rock, however, Moses strikes the rock in anger and then claims he has given water to the people. For this transgression Moses is forbidden from leading the people into the promise land. At first glance that seems like a harsh punishment for a momentary loss of composure.

Bill pointed out that Moses is the leader of the nation and he disobeyed God in a public way. Therefore, God had no choice but to punish him publicly. Anne added that at this point there was no Bible so symbolism, particularly from leaders, was very important.  So what was Moses crime?  He struck the rock in anger. Throughout the Bible Jesus is referred to as the rock. Indeed, Jesus claims that this incident was about Him. During the feast of the Tabernacles while the priests are reenacting Moses drawing water from the rock Jesus appears and proclaims “If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said. ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:37

God alone has the right to lay the wood to the rock. It was a lesson God wanted to be sure all understood.

Julie said that Moses also erred by claiming that he provided water for the people. We must avoid the temptation to claim credit for what God provides.

How are the Amalekites defeated?

When Moses held his hands up the Hebrews prevailed but when Moses arms lowered the Amalekites prevailed. Laurie said that God provided the victory but He works through people. God appoints leaders in the church and it is necessary that these leaders obey God’s word. If the leader is faithful and the people support him then the church will prevail.

Jim added that Moses standing on a hill is a prototype of Christ. When Christ ascended the hill and raised his hands death was defeated.

Next week some of the campers who attended the FCA camp will attend class to thank us for our support and tell us about their experiences.

See you Sunday.

John

 

 

2 responses to “10 Alive Recap”

  1. Jamie says:

    I could use that stick around here. But wouldn’t want to anger God.

  2. John Miles says:

    Knowing what you are up against I think God would understand.