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GOODBYE TO BONDAGE...HELLO TO BLESSING
"Quenched from the Rock"
June 22, 1997
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Take your Bible ... God's Holy Word .. and turn please to Exodus 17. The children of Israel have
experienced the Passover that set them free from 400 years of bondage under the Egyptians. Then after the
Passover came the Pass-through for they passed through the Red Sea.
They went from the Passover to the Pass through until they thought they were going to Passout!
Exodus 15.22, "And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water."
You will remember that God told Moses to throw a certain tree into the water and the waters were
made sweet! And that tree is a picture of the cross. For the cross sweetens the bitter waters of life!
Now you would have thought by now that they would have realized that God wasn't going to
abandon them! He didn't save them out of their bondage to lead them into the wilderness to die nor has God
saved you out of your bondage to lead you into some wilderness to die!
God led them into the wilderness for the same reason He leads us into the wilderness: to teach us
to trust Him! So ... after God met their thirst need .. He met their hunger need! Not only did they get thirsty
while in the wilderness .. they got hungry!
Look back to chapter 16.13-15,31,35 ... and that bread speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the
bread of life! Jesus said in John 6.32-35a, Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread
from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes
down from heaven and gives life to the world. Then they said to Him, 'Lord, give us this bread always.'
And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger."
So .. they have left Egypt. They have crossed the Red Sea. They are on their way to Mt. Sinai.
And Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10.11 that "these th ...
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