Tues 11/6/19

Exodus 17:1-16 … GOD PROVIDES WATER FROM THE ROCK AND PROTECTS ISRAEL FROM AMALEK.

Q.1. Why did God repeat the trial of thirst? How did Israel respond this time? How bad did it get for Moses? What did God instruct Moses to do? How was this failure recorded? – (Exo.17:1-7) =

Q.2. Who started the next conflict? How did Moses propose to fight Amalek? What was the outcome of the battle? What was God to Israel? Was God’s treatment of Amalek extreme? – (Exo.17:8-16) =

Water from the Rock

17 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Israel Defeats Amalek

Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne[c]of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Why did God repeat the trial of thirst? How did Israel respond this time? How bad did it get for Moses? What did God instruct Moses to do? How was this failure recorded? – (Exo.17:1-7) = God led Israel through another waterless wilderness, to test their faith in Him. Like previous times, they again turned against Moses (Exo.17:1-3 c.f. Exo.15:22-24 & 16:1-3. Their arguments were the same, and they took offence when Moses asked – Why do you test the Lord? (Exo.17:2). God’s people need to learn that no amount of complaining will deflect Him from His purpose of conforming us to the likeness of His Son (c.f. Rom.8:29). This time Moses feared the people would stone him to death, and he cried out to God (Exo.17:4). The Lord instructed him to take some of the elders of Israel, and the staff he had used to strike the Nile River in Egypt, and promised – Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink (Exo.17:6 c.f. Exo.17:5; Jn.4:14; 7:37-38). Moses marked the place of this rebellion with the names Massah i.e. test, and Meribah i.e. quarrel (Exo.17:7). Paul, under inspiration of God, wrote of Israel, that – all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from the spiritual rock which followed them; and that rock was Christ (1 Cor.10:4). He applied it to us – now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved (1 Cor.10:6).

Q.2. Who started the next conflict? How did Moses propose to fight Amalek? What was the outcome of the battle? What was God to Israel? Was God’s treatment of Amalek extreme? – (Exo.17:8-16) = Israel was vulnerable when Amalek attacked the stragglers on the fringe. He did this because – he did not fear God (Dt.25:18 c.f. Dt.25:17-19; 1 Sam.15:1-2). God laid out a battle plan, when the Amalekites attacked Israel. Moses would pray with staff in hand, while Joshua led the troops (Exo.17:9). When the hands of Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur sat him on a rock, and supported his arms (Exo.17:10-12). In this way, Israel prevailed over Amalek (Exo.17:13). Amalek was the grandson of Esau, of whom it is written that he despised his birthright (Gen.25:34 c.f. Gen.36:9-11). There was an irrational hatred from Esau’s descendants, towards Jacob’s descendants that would continue throughout history. This explains God’s opposition to the Amalekites – 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven” … and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation” (Exo.17:14 & 16) The margin explains the reason – because his hand is against the throne of the Lord (YAH). Fundamentally, the hand of Amalek was against the rule of God. Then Moses  – built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner  i.e. ‘Jehovah Nissi’ (Exo.17:15). The nation had rallied to the Lord, and fought under His protective banner, as Moses prayed. This is how believers engage in spiritual warfare under the banner of protection provided by our Great High Priest, Who intercedes for us (Eph.6:10-18; Heb.4:14-16).


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©PaulHoogenraad2009

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Mon 10/6/19

Mark 5:1-20 … JESUS CAUSES A COMMOTION BY FREEING A DEMON POSSESSED MAN.

Q .1. Where did Jesus and His disciples go? What did they face in the country of the Gerasenes? How great was the threat to the people? What was the man’s response to Jesus? – (Mk.5:1-6) =

Q.2. What did the demoniac actually say to Jesus? Why did he speak that way? What question did Jesus ask? Where did the demons wish to go? What happened to the demons? – (Mk.5:7-13) =

Q.3. What did the herdsmen do? How did they respond to the changed man and to Jesus? What was the exorcized man’s wish? What did Jesus tell him to do? Did he obey Jesus? – (Mk.5:14-20) =

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

Suggested Answers:

Q .1. Where did Jesus and His disciples go? What did they face in the country of the Gerasenes? How great was the threat to the people? What was the man’s response to Jesus? – (Mk.5:1-6) = Jesus had stilled the storm, and now led His disciples into a different kind of storm, when – They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes (Mk.5:1). The exorcism took place near the banks of Gergesa on the SE section of the Sea of Galilee. Mark focused on one of the two demoniacs who confronted Jesus and His disciples (Mk.5:2 c.f. Mt.8:28). This demoniac lived among the tombs, and no one could control him, even with chains (Mk.5:3-4). The demons made the man scream out, and he often gashed himself. The townsfolk were in danger from the violent man, and avoided the area (Mk.5:4-5 c.f. Mt.8:28). The demoniac’s first response to seeing Jesus, was to bow down before Him (Mk.5:6 c.f. Jms.2:19).

Q.2. What did the demoniac actually say to Jesus? Why did he speak that way? What question did Jesus ask? Where did the demons wish to go? What happened to the demons? – (Mk.5:7-13) = The demoniac recognised Jesus as God’s Son, and the demons cried out – What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me! (Mk.5:7). They reacted in this way because Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to depart from the man (Mk.5:8). Jesus firstly demanded to know the name of the demon possessing the man. The man replied – My name is Legion; for we are many (Mk.5:9). The demons then asked not to be dismissed without a body to afflict, and begged to be sent into a nearby herd of swine (Mk.5:10-12). Jesus permitted them to enter the swine, and – the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand (Mk.5:13). The swine and the demons were all drowned in the lake (Mk.5:13). Jesus would have known about the large number of demons, and doubtless required to know their name, so He could deal directly with them. It was also a valuable insight for His disciples, in the casting out of demons (c.f. Mk.9:14-29).

Q.3. What did the herdsmen do? How did they respond to the changed man and to Jesus? What was the exorcized man’s wish? What did Jesus tell him to do? Did he obey Jesus? – (Mk.5:14-20) = The incident had been witnessed by the herdsmen. They reported the event in the city, and soon the people came to see what had happened (Mk.5:14). An amazing transformation had taken place, and when – they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened (Mk.5:15 c.f. Mk.4:41). In spite of the lovely change in this man, the loss of the herd of swine was too great a cost for the townsfolk, so they – implored Him to leave their region (Mk.5:17). The man begged to stay with Jesus, but – He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” (Mk.5:19). The man obeyed, and was unstoppable. He proclaimed his amazing testimony in and around Decapolis (Mk.5:20). Jesus dispelled the myth that you need to be in ‘full time’ work to serve the Lord. He wants His disciples to shine, wherever He has placed them.


If you have any queries about your readings, check Bible Commentary via sonic light.com  or discuss it with your Real Life Group leader or email paulh@cityreach.com.au

©PaulHoogenraad2009