Today's Reading: Exodus 17:1-7
Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:2)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. They were nothing but whiners and complainers. Those Israelites didn't trust that the Lord would take care of them. It seems like all they did was grumble against Moses and the Lord. Not like us. We're faithful. Oh, wait. Maybe not so much. Do you trust the Lord to take care of you? That He'll work things out that are going wrong? That He loves and forgives you even when you've made a complete mess of things? Do you always get what you want, or do you whine and complain that things aren't going your way? It turns out, if we're honest, that we aren't much better than the Israelites.
It's a good thing for them there was a Rock that could be struck from which water would pour out to quench their thirst. It's a good thing for us that rock is Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). And, it's a good thing that Christ was stricken for you--pierced so that His saving water could gush into the font and His saving blood pour into the chalice.
The Lord provides for those whining sinners because He's their Savior. He doesn't abandon them but gives them water they need to survive. Likewise for you. He doesn't abandon you to your sins and doubts, but instead He pours out the blood and water of His Son at the altar and font to rescue you from your unbelief and sin.
Christ is given to rescue us from what will otherwise kill us: our sin. In this wilderness of life, our Rock goes with us in His Church to make sure we are not overcome and to strengthen our faith so that we make it to His Promised Land of eternal life. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Life-imparting heav'nly manna, Stricken rock with streaming side, Heav'n and earth with loud hosanna Worship You, the Lamb who died, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Ris'n, ascended, glorified! Ris'n, ascended, glorified. (Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor, LSB 534:4)