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Exodus 15-17 Testing, Complaining, and Provision

BIG IDEA- The Path to Finding Life with God Often Looks Like Death 

1. When God Comes Through, The Next Test is Still a TEST

Exodus 15:22-24 (NLT)

“Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water. When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).Then the people complained and turned against Moses. ‘What are we going to drink?’ they demanded.” 

Exodus 15:25 (NLT)

"So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink."

Exodus 16:2 (NASB)

“But the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.”

Exodus 16:4 (NLT)

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.’”


Exodus 16:11-12 (NLT)

“Then the Lord said to Moses, 'I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

Matthew 26:36-39 (NLT)

“Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray”. . . and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. . . He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”


1. ASK YOURSELF, Am I being tested right now?

2. EXPECT your test to come with all the testiness test come with

3. TRUST GOD even though it may seem counterintuitive