Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Exodus Chapter 17
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 17:1-7
17:1And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to the commandment of Jehovah, and encamped in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 17:2Wherefore the people stove with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why strive ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt Jehovah? 17:3And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore hast thou brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 17:4And Moses cried unto Jehovah, saying, What shall I do unto this people? They are almost ready to stone me. 17:5And Jehovah said unto Moses, Pass on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and they rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thy hand, and go. 17:6Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 17:7And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the striving of the children of Israel, and because they tempted Jehovah, saying, Is Jehovah among us, or not?
August 8, 1937: Exodus 17:3-6
After the people's hunger was satisfied they thirsted for water. Explain verses 3 and 4 of chapter 17. Water is a symbol of the natural use of the universal life energy. Scarcity of water means a failure to realize this energy as indwelling. Men die of thirst more quickly than of hunger. Those who fail to realize that spiritual life and energy are available to them at all times sometimes regret that they have surrendered the flesh consciousness (Egypt).
To give the people water Moses went ahead of them, attended by some of the elders of Israel, and took with him his divining rod with which to smite the rock. Why was this? The law (Moses) ideally is in advance of the citizen's understanding and his execution of its requirements is not perfect. Those whose understanding is well established (the elders of Israel) more nearly keep the law. The rod in Moses' hand represents the intuitive power of the law to divine the truth and release the universal energy into manifestation.
August 15, 1943: Exodus 17:3-6
What does water out of the rock represent? It represents the spiritual potentiality present in adverse conditions. Water normally flows from strata of rock but not at the mere stroke of a rod. Moses' rod represents the power to bring the invisible into visibility.
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 17:8-16
17:8Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 17:9And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to-morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand. 17:10So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 17:11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 17:12But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 17:13And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
17:14And Jehovah said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 17:15And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi; 17:16And he said, Jehovah hath sworn: Jehovah will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-03-2014