Only a few days probably were gone by, since the overthrow of their enemies in the Red Sea. Six hundred thousand fighting men, beside women and children, had now to begin the journey to Canaan ; when behold, the road they have to pass is found to be a mere desert ! . o corn-fields — no springs — no- thing but a vast, sandy, howling wilderness. The con- sequence, if not prevented, was obvious ; they must soon be famished and die, from hunger and thirst. ow this is a just emblem of our spiritual condition by nature. We are thus destitute of all that can sustain, refresh, or satisfy the soul. —The mass of mankind know not, indeed, what it is that can alone satisfy their thirst ; but they do not the less feel its torment. They are driven this way and that way, by '* the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye" ^ — ever seeking some satis- faction, which they never effectually find — trying to deceive themselves with the name and form of happi- ness, but still conscious that the thing itself is an un- discovered blessing. — A few, by God's mercy, discern the true reason : they are taught to thirst for his par- doning and converting grace — they see that this is wh^t they want, and they cannot rest without it. But even they, for a while, know not where or how to seek it ; till at length their very soul fainteth within them. This, this is their daily cry, " As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God ! My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God : when shall I come and appear before God ? " ^ Have you this sense of spiritual thirst? do you ? i Johnii. 16. 2 pM^jca xUi, I. 2. THE ROCK, CHRIST. 15 feel, that nothing earthly can content you ? Oh that you may feel it ! — you are then prepared to welcome Christ, and his life-giving waters of salvation. II. The rock in Horeb was a most improbable MEAS of relief.