Exodus 17

Water from a rock

17:1-7

17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

The wilderness of Sin ... in Rephidim
Where did Moses get water from a rock?

17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?

Moses said unto them ... wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
Can God be tempted?

17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

(17:3-7) The Israelites had nothing to drink, so they complained to Moses, who complained to God, saying, "Hey, they're about ready to stone me to death." So God stood on a rock and told Moses to strike it with his magic rod. Moses did as he was told, but I'm not sure if if worked or not, because the story is interrupted with the arrival of the Amalekites.

17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

17:5 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

I will stand before thee there upon the rock ... and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.
How did God tell Moses to get water from a rock?

17:7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

They tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?
Can God be tempted?

War with Amalek

17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

As long as Moses the magician keeps his hand up, the Israelites are successful in battle, but the second his hand falls, they start getting beat.

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 thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

But Moses hands were heavy ... and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands.

17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

God swears that he'll make everyone forget Amalek. And he'll have war with Amalek forever.

17:16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

The Lord has sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.