Before the NT was written, Jesus said: "You search the scriptures, for in them you
think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39).
One amazing relevance and beauty of the Bible is that of its
unity. One major theme throughout is the Gospel centered
around the life and works of Jesus Christ.
In Genesis 2:2-3, we find God resting from creation. Ever since
nothing new has been created. It completely agrees with the
scientific law of thermodynamics.
But since the fall of mankind from the disobedience of Adam and
Eve, Jesus said that God the Father has been working (John 5:17) ---
referring to the work of redemption.
God set in motion the plan of SALVATION for mankind (Revelation
13:8). Because God is holy, He cannot accept man as he is. Because
He is love, He provides a way for man to return to Him.
The answer is Jesus Christ. Right from the beginning God began
working to reveal Jesus to the world. So in the Old Testament, we come across
symbols, types, and prophecies that look forward to the coming of
Jesus into the world to show God's love for mankind (John 3:16).
This series will continue. My prayer is that you will learn of Him
better and strengthen your faith as you live and serve God.
After His resurrection Jesus discussed about Himself to two
disciples on the way to Emmaus: "And beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning
himself" (Luke 24:27).
THE WATER OF LIFE
Verses 1-21. The children of Israel miraculously crossed the Red Sea, and their enemies can pursue them no more; but new enemies will come later --- the Christian journey include warfare against spiritual enemies (Ephesians 6:10-18). The deliverance is celebrated with dancing (its alright to dance in worship) and
a memorial song.
Verses 22-25. And now comes the test of character. The people are
thirsty but the only water available is bitter. The people turns bitter too.
The grumbling begins.
(God is fully aware of their need, yet waited to see if they could patiently
depend on His provision without murmuring and unbelief -- a sign of maturity).
TEST SCORE: "F" for grumbling (mercy for baby Christians).
God shows Moses a tree to heal the water. Why did God not simply ask Moses
to speak to the water or raise his rod over the water as he did in parting the
Red Sea? (Exodus 14:21-22). There is a reason.
Because God intends to reveal the symbol of the cross (tree) where one day
Jesus will be crucified on it. The TREE made the water sweet and satisfied the
thirst of the people, thus saving their lives.
Is your life bitter? Have you been mourning because life has been
difficult and unfair to you?
Come to Jesus to receive joy and eternal life. The water of life Jesus
gives will make you thirsty no more (John 4:13-14).
If you are already in Christ, learn to pray and stop murmuring. Live one day at a time and above your circumstances. If God were to test your fruit and grade your obedience, will you make passing grade?