6. a. The Israelites complained—”Give us water to drink. We’re thirsty.” Exodus 17:2 Voice
Then they accused Moses of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them, their children and their livestock. Exodus 17:2-3
b. Moses said the Israelites were putting God to the test by looking to man not Him. They still did not have faith in God.
c. God again showed His loving-kindness and patience by demonstrating His power through Moses. In front of the elders, Moses struck the rock with his staff as God instructed. As God promised, water came out.
He also said, “I will be there when you arrive standing at the rock of Horeb.” (The Voice) (Some versions say “I will stand before you” or “I will stand in front of you” and “I will be there with you.”
Most say, I will be “standing on the rock” and some say “standing on a rock.” Exodus 17:6 All versions
The question may not refer to this, but the fact that God promised meet them there is significant, in my opinion.
d. John 4:1-14 Voice — Jesus wants us to ask for something far greater than water from a well or a tap. He wants us to ask for living water—a well-spring within us—which gives eternal life.
John 7:37-38 Voice — “If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you.”
1 Corinthians 10:4 — “and they all drank the same spiritual water, flowing from a spiritual rock that was always with them, for the rock was the Anointed One, our Liberating King.”
Jesus Christ is the rock of our salvation.
In Dan. 2:45 the Chaldaic form of the Hebrew word is translated “mountain.” It ought to be translated “rock,” as in Hab. 1:12 in the Revised Version. The “rock” from which the stone is cut there signifies the divine origin of Christ.
When traveling through a desert, it is typical to carry water along. In the analogy, Jesus Himself is our dependable Rock who wants to travel (abide) with us in our journey. If the Israelites trusted and relied on Him, they didn’t need to worry about water.
Apparently, the Jews had a saying that bread is spiritual and drink is spiritual. (Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:4 Adam Clark Commentary) This common belief could be the reason for the reference.
7. a. Times the Israelites complained—
Exodus 15:24 Voice — They were thirsty.
Exodus 16:2 Voice — Their complaint began due to the lack of water and expanded to a complaint about bread and meat.
They whined, “It would have been better if we had died by the hand of the Eternal in Egypt. At least we had plenty to eat and drink, for our pots were stuffed with meat and we had as much bread as we wanted. But now you have brought the entire community out to the desert to starve us to death.”
Exodus 17:2 Voice — Lack of water again. They also complained about Moses’ leadership.
Exodus 17:7 Voice — The people also “complained and tested the Eternal, saying, “Is He standing with us or not?”
I didn’t find a single time they repented. Did I miss it?
b. I have a bad habit of complaining and focusing on the negative. I’ve tried several times to go all day without complaining. I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve never succeeded.
I have so much give thanks for.
I do confess and repent for my complaining nature. I’m doing my best to renew my mind and rid myself of stinking thinking.
Regardless of my circumstances, God is faithful. He sees my circumstances. He knows. He cares. He has a plan.
My complaints and whining are not a part of His plan.
In the midst of every circumstance, I must give thanks.
When tempted, I”m finding it easier to remember to raise my hands, take a few deep breaths, and worship. Soon I’m in a more peaceful and thankful place.