Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
Kendra Graham NOTES from Exodus 17: 1-7
WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.
1. Israel journeyed in the wilderness of Sin according to the command of the LORD, there was no water.
2a. The people quarreled with Moses, “Give us water”
2b. Moses said, “Why quarrel with me? Why test the LORD?”
3. The people thirsted and grumbled. “Have you brought us from Egypt to kill us and our children with thirst?”
4. Moses cried out to the LORD “What shall I do w this people? A little more and they will stone me.”
5a.The LORD said, “Pass before the people.
5b. Take your staff you struck the Nile with and go.”
6. “I WILL stand before you. You shall strike the rock, water will come, the people may drink.”
7. He named the place Massah and Meribah because Israel tested the LORD saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?
1.Sometimes we will do EXACTLY what the LORD wants, follow Him where He leads and walk right into hard and great problems. It is possible to be in the will of God and be faced with EXTREME hardship. Hold on…. He doesn’t lead where He is not.
2a. The people had a REAL problem, it is ABSOLUTELY a concern, don’t bust their chops here… BUT in their problem they went to MOSES not God.
2b.What could Moses do about the Red Sea when Pharaoh was chasing them? NOTHING, Moses is just a “sheep” too, it was up to God to deliver. Same lesson here, what could Moses do? Could Moses create water? No. He would have if he could have. Don’t look to other “sheep” to fix things or blame the “sheep” for not doing something that only God can do. It is EASY to blame someone for my hardship, but often, God is trying to teach us to trust Him.
3. We are so quick to downshift to blaming God, “You lead me out of slavery, using awesome and mighty deeds, you opened the Red Sea and killed the most threatening military in the world… to kill me and my kids”. We hate to see our kids struggle and many times we blame God on their behalf instead of allowing God to work in their lives as well. It is hard to do.
4. Moses went straight to God. Maybe this is why he was trusted to lead?
5a. Moses still had to lead and face the people; in spite of difficult circumstances where he was being unfairly attacked… it would have been easier to shrink back at this time from leadership but he did not. Don’t shrink back from where God has entrusted you to lead.
5b. Moses was to take that staff, the one that turned the water to blood, the one that was raised as the Red Sea opened… it is as if God is whispering to Moses in a time of crises, “Remember who I AM; I AM deliverer.”
6. God calls us to do things that don’t make sense sometimes, this took a LOT of faith for Moses to obey… after all, remember he was on the verge of being stoned by these people. God calls us to do things where He MUST come through or we are in serious trouble… this is where our faith is forged. We like to talk about dependance on God, but when it comes down to doing it and living it out…. that is where we hang our heads and walk away. HARD TO DO. GOOD JOB MOSES!!!!
7. God is proven faithful through obedience.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?
1. Has God called me to a place that is REALLY hard and I feel completely lacking what I need to survive? Unemployment? Opposition? A job that is not providing what I need? A marriage that is unrepairable?
2a. Who am I going to with my issues and problems? Am I going to God first or last?
2b. Am I disappointed with a person in my life because they can’t fix what I need God to do?3. In a hard situation in my life or the life of my children, how can I direct my own thoughts as well as theirs to God? Is this a teachable moment for all of us on God’s love and faithfulness? Or will I settle in to complain and blame?
4. Am I an example of taking things straight to God or only after all better options have failed? Has God entrusted me to lead others as an example straight to God? How am I doing in that?
5a. In what circumstance has God entrusted me to face the people and the problem when I would rather run from it?? AND RUN FAR?
5b. What past faithfulness of God do I have to hold on to, in order to get me through this situation where I must depend on Him to come through? Will I have the courage to stand?
6. How have I been called to obey the Living and True God? Do I trust Him?
7. Have I chosen to complain, whine and grumble instead of looking to God and obeying His Word? What does God’s Word have to say about my need and my situation? What does obedience to God look like in my situation? Will I ask Him then be careful to do all according to His Word?
LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. Is there a main theme to them? Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.
Today LORD, help me to lay out my issues that seem a mile long. Speak to me in Your Word, lead me and guide me in not only what to do, but what to say. May I not test You or sin in my desperateness, but help me to trust in You. Lord, help my unbelief.
HOMEWORK: Exodus 17: 8-13
Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!