Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. (Numbers 20:1-5)
Today's Morsel: I use to love watching those old westerns where the people in wagon trains would be heading west, and they would come to the bad lands and there would be no water. I use to sit and wonder, "What are they going to do?" They would begin to complain. Their livestock would begin to die. They would hold their canteens, which were already empty, up to their mouth, trying to get more water to come out. And then the scout would locate some water, only to realize it was bad or someone had poisoned it. In the end, they would locate a river flowing with much fresh water.
The children of Israelwere on a journey heading to the promised land and they were without water. They began to complain to Moses and Aaron that they had been brought out into the wilderness to die. They said, Wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. No one can live without water. Even NASA spends billions on exploring Mars looking for water, because they know that if there is life on Mars there has to be water. In John 4, when the woman of Samaria came to the well to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink. They both needed water. Jesus needed natural water and she needed spiritual. What about you? Could you use some spiritual water today? Are you feeling a little dry and parched? You can't live without the water and only Jesus can satisfy your soul. He is The Living Water. When you are drinking from His fountain, you will never thirst again.
Sing: I thirsted in a barren land of sin and shame, and nothing satisfying there I found. But to the blessed Cross of Christ one day I came, where springs on living water did abound. Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy. Drinking at the springs of living water, a wonderful and bountiful supply.