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The Lord Is Enough

The Lord Is Enough

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By: R. W. Glenn
January 16, 2005
Exodus 15:22-17:7
By: R. W. Glenn
January 16, 2005
Exodus 15:22-17:7

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Exod 15:22-17:7: The Lord Is Enough © 2005 by R W Glenn1
Redeemer Bible Church
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The Lord Is Enough
Exodus 15:22-17:7
Introduction
Let me begin this morning by saying that if we could get a handle on the teaching ofthis morning’s passage, our lives would be forever changed. Now I don’t mean to say thatnone of us has
ever 
embraced its message. All I mean is that the degree to which we haveembraced it and put it into practice is not very high.If we are Christians this morning, then to at least some extent, we have come tobelieve what it is that Exod 15:22-17:7 is teaching; otherwise, our faith would be suspect.At the same time, though every Christian believes in the teaching of this text, I amconvinced that we have barely scratched the surface of the implications of its truth for ourlives.And I mean
w
; for what I am preaching is not something that I feel like I havelearned from years of consistent practice; rather, it is something to which I aspire. It is whatI want for myself (it is what I wanted during my preparation and it is what I want right now)and it is what I want for you.So this morning I invite you to the banquet table of
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, not simply tolook at it, to stare longingly at the choicest of foods, the finest cuisine, but to eat from it; orbetter, to gorge yourself on it, to taste and see it in its fullness.
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into thewilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
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When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they werebitter; therefore it was named Marah.
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So the people grumbled at Moses, saying,"What shall we drink?"
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Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showedhim a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There Hemade for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
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And He said, "Ifyou will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is rightin His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will putnone of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, amyour healer."
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Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water andseventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters. Then they set outfrom Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness ofSin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month aftertheir departure from the land of Egypt.
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The whole congregation of the sons of Israelgrumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
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The sons of Israel said tothem, "Would that we had died by the LORD'S hand in the land of Egypt, when we
 
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sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us outinto this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
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Then the LORD saidto Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go outand gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they willwalk in My instruction.
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"On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, itwill be twice as much as they gather daily."
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So Moses and Aaron said to all the sonsof Israel, "At evening you will know that the LORD has brought you out of the landof Egypt;
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and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, for He hears yourgrumblings against the LORD; and what are we, that you grumble against us?"
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Moses said, "This will happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening,and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which yougrumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us butagainst the LORD."
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Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to all the congregation of thesons of Israel, 'Come near before the LORD, for He has heard your grumblings.'"
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Itcame about as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that theylooked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in thecloud.
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"I have heard the grumblings ofthe sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in themorning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD yourGod.'"
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So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp,and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
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When the layer ofdew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-likething, fine as the frost on the ground.
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When the sons of Israel saw it, they said toone another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said tothem, "It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.
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"This is what theLORD has commanded, 'Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shalltake an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.'"
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The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little.
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When theymeasured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he whohad gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat.
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Moses said to them, "Let no man leave any of it until morning."
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But they did notlisten to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and becamefoul; and Moses was angry with them.
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They gathered it morning by morning, everyman as much as he should eat; but when the sun grew hot, it would melt.
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Now onthe sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When allthe leaders of the congregation came and told Moses,
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then he said to them, "This iswhat the LORD meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to theLORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left overput aside to be kept until morning."
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So they put it aside until morning, as Moseshad ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it.
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Moses said,"Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in thefield.
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"Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will benone."
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It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out togather, but they found none.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, "How long do yourefuse to keep My commandments and My instructions?
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"See, the LORD has givenyou the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remainevery man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day."
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So thepeople rested on the seventh day.
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The house of Israel named it manna, and it waslike coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.
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Then Mosessaid, "This is what the LORD has commanded, 'Let an omerful of it be keptthroughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the
 
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wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"
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Moses said to Aaron,"Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the LORD to bekept throughout your generations."
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As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaronplaced it before the Testimony, to be kept.
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The sons of Israel ate the manna fortyyears, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came tothe border of the land of Canaan.
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(Now an omer is a tenth of an ephah.)Then allthe congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin,according to the command of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, and there wasno water for the people to drink.
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Therefore the people quarreled with Moses andsaid, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do youquarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
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But the people thirsted there forwater; and they grumbled against Moses and said, "Why, now, have you brought usup from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
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So Mosescried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do to this people? A little more andthey will stone me."
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Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pass before the people andtake with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff withwhich you struck the Nile, and go.
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"Behold, I will stand before you there on therock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that thepeople may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
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He namedthe place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, andbecause they tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us, or not?"
Be Appalled
Having read the text, I’m sure that you can see the repeating pattern: three crises,followed by three complaints, followed by three acts of compassion on the part of the Lord.Now as you read, you should have the sense that there is something dreadfullywrong with Israels response to their circumstances. In fact, later biblical reflection on theirmurmuring in the wilderness yields the same response youre having. Psalm 78:15-22 says,
He split the rocks in the wilderness And gave them abundant drink like theocean depths.
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He brought forth streams also from the rock And caused waters torun down like rivers.
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Yet they still continued to sin against Him, To rebel againstthe Most High in the desert.
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And in their heart they put God to the test By askingfood according to their desire.
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Then they spoke against God; They said, "Can Godprepare a table in the wilderness?
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"Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushedout, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meatfor His people?"
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Therefore the LORD heard and was full of wrath; And a fire waskindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel,
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Because they did notbelieve in God And did not trust in His salvation.
Psalm 95:7-11 warns succeeding generations not to act as Israel did in the wilderness:
Today, if you would hear His voice,
8
Do not harden your hearts, as atMeribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
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"When your fathers tested Me,They tried Me, though they had seen My work.
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"For forty years I loathed thatgeneration, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not knowMy ways.
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"Therefore I swore in My anger, Truly they shall not enter into My rest."

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