I. SEE THIS SIN IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT GOD IS. Take the attributes, and show that God must both know, and be able to do, what is every way wisest and best. Who understands our real needs as God does? Who controls all things as God does? Take the Father name which we are permitted to use for God, and show how wrong children are who attempt to dictate to their father as to what he shall provide.
II. SEE THIS SIN IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT GOD HAD DONE. All Jehovah's relations with his people had been gracious and considerate. They had never wanted any good thing. Defence had been close alongside danger, and provision ready for all need. Signs of distrust and murmuring were most unbecoming.
III. SEE THIS SIN IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT THE PEOPLE WERE. Had they any right to the confidence that they knew what was good for them butter than God did? Their past should have taught them submissiveness and humility. - R.T.
He opened the rock.I. THE SOURCE WHENCE THE WATERS ARE SAID TO HAVE SPRUNG. A rock is in many respects an appropriate emblem of Christ.
1. It suggests the ideas of stability and unchangeableness.
2. Chosen by God Himself.
II. THE USES FOR WHICH THEY WERE DESIGNED.
1. To save from death by thirst.
2. To purify.
3. To refresh.Hungry and thirsty, we are told, "their soul fainted in them." But the same waters that saved them from perishing, renewed their strength, and enabled them to prosecute their journeyings to Canaan with fresh vigour and alacrity. And is it not thus with the weary and heavy-laden traveller to Zion, when supplies from the Redeemer's grace are afforded to his soul?
III. THE MANNER IN WHICH THE WATERS FLOWED FROM THE OPENED ROCK.
1. Abundantly. So it is with the grace of Christ. It is "exceeding abundant." Its efficacy to save, to purify, and to refresh our souls is inexhaustible.
2. Freely. So with the blood of Christ. It is open even to the vilest and guiltiest.
3. Constantly. No drought could exhaust nor cold arrest the waters which the Israelites enjoyed in the wilderness; so neither shall any worldly trial deprive the true Israel of the reviving streams of the Redeemer's grace. Goodness and mercy shall surely follow the ransomed of the Lord through all their earthly pilgrimage.
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