By: Ely Lagajino
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 (NKJV)
By passing through the long desert connection, the Israelites are learning a lesson. God is teaching the Israelites lessons in life that will help them in running a nation.
For seven days of travel from Goshen to the Red Sea, the Israelites did not complain about water supply because each family stored drinking water good for seven days.
After crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites continued walking for three days, then they started complaining about water, until they reached Rephidim. Drinking water was still their issue. Three days is their minimum travel before resting, but it took longer because Moses is considering a safer place to rest for the children. The Israelites must have learned a lesson in their previous experiences.
The problem is, they did not bring enough water because of the rough road. But they continuously carried the heavy, precious metals. The Israelites collected tons of gold and silver as salary back fees for their more than a hundred years of services as slaves. But water is more important in the desert than gold. When the Israelites encountered exhaustion, they easily lost their temper as well as their trust in God.
At Rephidim, people accused Moses of designing a plan to kill them and their children through exhaustion that he may own their riches (PP p.312). They put the Lord to the test by asking, “Is the Lord among us or not? Moses fears that judgment will fall on them because of their unbelief. He calls the place Massahand Meribah because the Israelites quarrelled him and tested the Lord.
When Moses cries to God, He tells him to take the elders of Israel and go ahead to Mount Horeb and strike the rock, so water will come out of it.
Moses strikes the rock; but it is the Son of God, that causes the life-giving water to flow. God in His mercy gives them water instead of giving them a terrible plague for putting God to the test.
Trusting in God always instead of forcing Him to agree with what we want is best. Exodus 17:1-15