17:1 All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to Yahweh’s commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 17:2 Therefore 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 Yahweh?”
17:3 The people were thirsty for water there; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”
17:4 Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, “What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
17:5 Yahweh said to Moses, “Walk on before the people, and take the elders of Israel with you, and take the rod in your hand with which you struck the Nile, and go. 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb. You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 17:7 He called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because the children of Israel quarreled, and because they tested Yahweh, saying, “Is Yahweh among us, or not?”
17:8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 17:9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with God’s rod in my hand.” 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 17:11 It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. His hands were steady until sunset. 17:13 Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 17:14 Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky.” 17:15 Moses built an altar, and called its name Yahweh our Banner. 17:16 He said, “Yah has sworn: ‘Yahweh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.'”
Even under God’s command, I think most of us would have ditched these Hebrews by now. They are nothing but a thorn in the side for Moses. They are wieners, and complainers. Every time a need is not met when they want it, they complain to God, not just asking for their need to be met, but accusing him of homicide. After all the miracles, and the pillar of fire that guides them they dare to doubt. You know what? we are the same way today. We trash our countries presidents, and men who jobs we would never dare to do. We are persuaded to fight the police, burn innocent businesses, and take the lively hoods of people we never met, to get our way in the world. We have been given so much by God in this country. We are racially diverse which at times causes tension, we are financially diverse which causes tension, we are cognitively diverse which causes tension. No matter how equal we are, someone will be more equal than us. The United States has more opportunity that any other country in the world, irregardless of your background. If you want something, you are free to work for it and get it. If someone get in your way, your free to move to where they will not. Nothing comes with with out extremely hard work. We persecute people for being in our way, rather than making our own way. The Israelite’s were entirely dependent on God and Moses, if they did not like how God provided for them could have left and tried to do better for themselves. Moaning and groaning about the unfair leadership only serves to wear down the leaders. Moses did not want this job, he was put there by God.
Anything worth getting has a huge expense, sometimes money, sometimes hours of works, sometimes even human lives are required, and sometimes all the above. Even with God in charge. The Israelite’s have to learn to trust God. God asks them to take another army, and here he teaches a lesson on faith and perseverance. Moses is asked to hold his hands high through the battle by God. When Moses hands would tire and sink down, the Israelite’s would lose men to the war, when they were high the opposing army would lose. God basically withdrew when Moses withdrew, and when Moses was in God was in. The victory did not come cheap, but it came.
God is in charge, our faith is an absolute requirement, and our participation in whatever goal we have, is not optional. It is not about intelligence, it is not about skin color, it is not about wealth. It is about faith, and perseverance. The Israelite’s were not selected based on any criteria, and they are just now starting to learn about faith. We need to ask God for his intervention, trust God to deliver (Providing it is not immoral), and work till our fingers bleed. God made our lives a partnership, We trust, we work, and he makes up the difference. Faith does not come natural. If everyone in the United States had the faith and work ethic, that I am speaking of, this country would still be a first world country. God will help those who come to him, and live according to his will. This does not mean we will not be destroyed physically on earth, by those who do evil. There is a home in his eternal kingdom that is ours just for being faithful. God, does not distinguish income, race, and other things men can see. He looks at our hearts.
Today is no different than any day when it comes to the insanity of man. The World Economic Group is financing disease and race protests to create a new world where everyone is equal in pay. We can bet they have a different idea of equal than those of us they are using to get people to riot. Strangely this group was expected by the Bible writer John who wrote the book of revelation. Check out their site https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/now-is-the-time-for-a-great-reset/