Friday, February 11, 2011

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 17

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 17. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

17:4 – Moses and Jesus both were rejected by those they came to serve. See John 1:10-11. (Jews for Jesus newsletter, April 2008)

17:5-6 – Moses and Jesus both provided water from an unusual source. See John 4, 7:38. (Jews for Jesus newsletter, April 2008)

17:5 – in this instance, God tells Moses to strike the rock for water. See 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 – the rock is Christ!

17:6 – The spiritual rock is Jesus. See 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.

Belief in Jesus makes streams of living water flow within the believer. See John 7:37-38. Jesus gives the living water that wells up to eternal life. See John 4:1-14.

17:11 – The raised staff is a posture of worship. When worship of God was happening dring the battle, Israel was winning. The raised staff probably also served as a reminder to the people fighting of the miracles God had already performed for them (parting the Red Sea, bringing the water from the rock), and served to encourage them that God was fighting the battle with them. Also, while Joshua was fighting under God’s banner (see 17:15), he was victorious. But when he fought under his own power/banner/colors, he was losing.

17:12 – Moses hands are being held up by Aaron (a Levite) and Hur ( a Judahite). God used the priestly line and the kingly line to assure victory. This is a perfect picture of Christ, as He is both priest and king!

17:15 – Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is my banner.

17:16 – The mention of the Lord being at war with the Amalekites leads me to believe that the name of the altar in 17:15 refers to a war banner or battle flag. Moses’ hands raised in a posture of worship was Israel’s battle flag – they were God’s army.

What do you think Jethro pondered as he traveled home?

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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