Bible study 67 – Exodus 17Posted: December 9, 2016
When they get to mount Horeb (where Moses talked with the burning bush in chapter 3 and 4), the Israelites complain that they have nothing to drink. Moses strikes the rock of the mountain, and water pours out of it.
Joshua (who will get his own book later in the Old Testament) is suddenly introduced with no explanation, and has to fight, apparently single-handedly, an enemy tribe. He gets divine help for as long as Moses holds up his hand, but it takes a whole night to fight the enemy army, and Moses’ arms are getting tired. What would you do? Sit down, and have someone else hold your hand up for you? That’s exactly what he does.