Exodus 16-18

God had miraculously delivered His people out of the hands of Pharaoh and had provided water for His people to drink. Only God could do these things!

In chapter 16 God told Moses that He would rain down manna (bread) from heaven for the Israelites (v. 4). The bread was white and tasted like wafers made with honey. God told Moses that the people should go out each day and gather enough for just that day. However, on the sixth day they should gather enough manna for two days, so they would not work on the seventh day. God wanted to test the people and see if they would follow His instructions. Of course, some people disobeyed what they had been told about the manna and kept part of it until the next morning, but it was full of maggots and smelled. They would be easy to spot! Also, some people disobeyed and went out on the seventh day looking for bread and, as God had said, they found none (v. 27).

In chapter 17 the Israelites traveled from place to place as the Lord commanded them. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water. So the people complained to Moses. Every time they didn't get their way they grumbled. That sounds like some people today who must have what they want when they want it!

Moses again cried out to the Lord for an answer, ''What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me'” (v. 4).

God told Moses to go ahead of the people and to take with him some of the elders and also his staff, with which he had turned the Nile into blood. So Moses did as the Lord commanded. He stood by the rock at Horeb and struck the rock as God told him to, and water came out of it for the people to drink (17:6-7).

While the Israelites were at Rephidim, the Amalekites attacked them. So Moses told Joshua, ''Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites'” (17:9). Moses held the staff of God in his hands as he, Aaron and a man named Hur watched the battle from a nearby hill. 'As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning” (v. 11). When Moses grew tired he sat on a stone, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands—one on one side, one on the other.

After the victory over the Amalekites, 'Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, 'For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord'” (17:15-16).

'Jethro, the priest of Midian and the father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt” (18:1). He came to visit Moses in the desert and was delighted to hear about all the good things that the Lord had done for Israel.

The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people from morning till evening. After observing this, Jethro told him, ''What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone'” (18:18). He advised Moses to select capable and trustworthy men from all the people and appoint them as judges. They would handle the simple cases, and Moses would judge the difficult ones. Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he suggested.

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.


WORKSHEET

God told _____ that He would rain down _____ from heaven for the Israelites (16:4).

He told Moses that the people should go out each ___ and gather enough for just that ___.

God wanted to ____ the people and see if they would ______ His instructions.

Some people disobeyed and kept some manna overnight, but it was full of _______ (16:20).

The Israelites camped at Rephidim, but there was no _____. So the people complained and grumbled against _____ (17:1-3).

Moses cried out to the ____ because the people were almost ready to _____ him (17:4).

'The __________ came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim” (17:8).

______ chose some of the men and went out to fight the Amalekites as _____ had ordered (17:10).

Moses, _____ and ___ went to the top of the hill and watched the battle.

'As long as Moses held up his _____, the Israelites were _______, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were ________” (17:11).

When Moses grew _____, Aaron and Hur held up his _____ until Israel won the battle (17:12).

After the victory over the Amalekites, 'Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my ______. He said, 'For hands were lifted up to the ______ of the Lord'” (17:15-16).

'Jethro, the priest of ______ and the father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for _____ and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt” (18:1).

Jethro told Moses that the work was too _____ for _____ and he was wearing himself out (18:18).

He advised Moses to select capable and ___________ men and appoint them as ______ (18:21-22).

Moses listened to his father-in-law and did __________ he suggested (18:24).

Memory Verse: 'The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of the day” (Proverbs 4:18).


Exodus 16 to 18
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Exodus 17:10                           Exodus 16:31                           Exodus 18:20               Exodus 17:1

Exodus 16:10                           Exodus 17:15                           Exodus 18:23               Exodus 18:9

 

'While _____ was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked                  Exodus ______

toward the desert, and there was the _____ of the Lord appearing in the

cloud.”
 

'The people of Israel called the bread _____. It was white like coriander                      Exodus ______

seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.”

 

'So ______ fought the Amalekites as Moses had _______, and Moses,             Exodus ______

Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.”

 

'The whole _________ community set out from the ______ of Sin, traveling            Exodus ______

from place to place as the Lord commanded.”

 

'Moses built an _____ and called it The Lord is my Banner.”                                   Exodus ______

 

'Jethro was _________ to hear about all the good things the Lord had               Exodus ______

done for ______ in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.”

 

''Teach them the _______ and laws, and show them the way to ____ and                   Exodus ______

the duties they are to perform.'”
 

''If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the ______,            Exodus ______

and all these people will go home _________.'”