Read Exodus 17.1-7

                From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.  The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” 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 complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”
                 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”  The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.  I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.  He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

 

From Rev. Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), McMechen

                After reading these verses,  I can’t help but compare our lives today to the Israelites that were led out of Egypt.  They couldn’t see or realize the gift they had been given.  This leads me to the  question, “Do we appreciate the gift that we have been given?”  Jesus died for our sins.  This Lenten season the world reflects on His death and resurrection, however, after Easter Sunday, many fail to recollect what He did for us. 

                Let us remember this gift we have been given and live our lives so that, ‘we know that the Lord is among us.’

Father, thank you for your gift of your Son.

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