Today's Message: I Thirst | Sean Patterson
We are in a message series called BUILDING THE WELL WITHIN. Stay caught up on this series by following the message series playlist on YouTube: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrEv__Oj59QcgDYeg6EzENIlX1E8kCL97
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture said, ‘from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” – Jesus (John 7:37-38)
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;” – Psalm 84:5-6
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19
This world is a wilderness and the truth is that in this life, even as a Christian we will have more wilderness experiences than feasts.
The world is a wilderness, but God has opened a fountain for His people in the wilderness. And this fountain is only available because God Himself entered the wilderness and poured Himself out.
“Let my people go so they may celebrate a feast to me in the wilderness.” – Exodus 5:1
“Then all the 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 was no water for the people to drink. So the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water so that we may drink!” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people were thirsty for water there; and they grumbled against Moses and said, “Why is it that you have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”... Then he named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us, or not?” – Exodus 17:1-3,7
Complaint: You brought us here to kill us.
Suffering People: Is the Lord with us or not?
“So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What am I to do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb;” – Exodus 17:4-6
“And you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” – Exodus 17:6
On the cross Jesus made the payment, Easter is the confirmation that the check cleared.
Easter is proof of the verdict. Easter means that God was always innocent.