Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 February 23

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. (Exodus 15:23-27).

Today’s Morsel:  If Israel had just observed the things that God was doing for them and showing them, their faith should have run off the charts. But because they were looking at the desert instead of God, their focus was obscured and they became blinded to what God was doing for them.  When they came to Marah, the waters were bitter and they could not drink them.  And so they murmured against Moses about what they would drink.  And God gave Moses the answer for them.  Right before their very eyes, God provided them with a miracle and they missed it.  Are you missing yours?  John said, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:37-39). Jesus knew that they would need water.  He knew that without water they could not live.  The same way that He knows that we cannot live without Him, that Living Water.  And so He calls for us to come and drink from the well that will never run dry.  He told the woman at the well in John chapter 4, I will be in you a well of water springing up unto eternal life.  Are you thirsty?  Are you wondering what you will drink?  “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).  Jesus' well never runs dry.

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 of 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, O wonderful and bountiful supply.
 
Thought For Today: The Holy Ghost is still the refreshing

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