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Exodus 17:5-6

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Hi Peeps!
This Sunday will will be reading together Exodus 17:5-6 for our corporate scripture reading. 
"And the LORD said to Moses, 'Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.'  And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel."  
 
Here we have a picture of God providing for the most basic needs of his people.  As they wandered in the desert, the people needed water.  Water is essential to human life.  Without it death comes quickly.   God provided water for them from a most unexpected source. He instructed Moses to strike a rock from which flowed forth life-giving water.  In John chapter 4 we find Jesus speaking with a woman at a well where he says to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’”  Of course, the woman is confused since Jesus does not have a bucket to draw water with and the well is deep.  In response Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The water that God gave his people from the rock provided for physical life, but the water that God gives his people from the Rock provides for spiritual life.  However, water only sustains life when we constantly take it in.  We cannot drink water only once in our lives and expect to live very long.  So also, we must come to Christ regularly and often to dink deeply from the well of living water. For true life to be sustained and nurtured and healthy, we must come to Christ daily and drink him in deeply.  Looking forward to worshiping with you all at the Throne of Grace this Sunday!
Blessings,
Hexon
 
 
 
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Exodus 16:4-7

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Hi everyone!
This Sunday for our corporate reading we will be reading together Exodus 16:4-7. 
 
"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.' So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, 'At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against the LORD.'"  
 
The Israelites had been delivered out of slavery from Egypt; they had been set free from bondage, yet they still needed to survive.  They needed food to sustain them.  Thus, the LORD provides them with bread from heaven, which the people called "mana" (16:31).  Roughly 1,500 years later, God would once again provide bread from heaven for the life of the world.  In commenting on this event, Jesus will say, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (Jn. 6:48-51).  The event that took place in the wilderness in Exodus 16 was a picture (a type) of the true and living bread that God would someday send, and it was designed to point the Israelites toward their need for dependence on God and toward their need for a genuine savior, someone who could deliver us not only from physical death, but from spiritual and eternal death.  That savior is Jesus Christ, whom we must consume by faith and take into our lives, our hearts, our minds, and our souls.  To trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior is to be fully dependent on Christ to sustain us in this life and in the life to come.  It will not due to simply taste of the Bread of Life (Heb 6:4-6), we must wholly embrace all of Christ or be wholly rejected by Christ (Matt 7:21-23).  
 
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!
Blessings,
Hexon
 
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