Verses 1-6 talk about general revelation. General revelation makes it evident that there is a Creator. The creation is telling of the glory of God. The creation reveals the knowledge of God. Romans 1 uses the same logic. There is enough info in the world we live in to clearly see that God exists, it it evident because He has made it evident.
Verses 7-11 talk about special revelation, that is divine revelation given directly to men. This special revelation is what the Bible is. Up and to this point the Law is what they had so that is the specific reference but this section may generally be applied to all of Gods Word. Gods word IS: perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, righteous altogether and true. Gods word DOES: restores (could also mean convert) the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes, warns, rewards, and endures forever. Gods word is more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Verses 11-14 reveal what our reaction to Gods general and special revelation is to be. We are to probe our lives with questions like: who can discern his faults? This question reveals that we cannot do it on our own, we need help and he asks specifically for it in 13. It also causes us to repent “Acquit me of hidden faults” Gods word exposes where we need to change and gives us the motivation to do so. The heavens are telling the glory of God, am I?
Get godly wisdom from those older than you
“All they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say things and do not do them” – Jesus speaking of scribes and Pharisees. Lord protect me from being like them, help me to be a doer and not a hearer only!
“The greatest among you shall be your servant, whoever exalts himself shall be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” – the way up is the way down, I need to be more like this
“Jerusalem Jerusalem who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her..” – reminiscent of the landowner parable back in chapter 21
16:3″and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” The people have the exact opposite view as Moses. Hebrews 11:25 speaks of Moses this way “choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” In Exodus 16 the Israelites would have chosen the passion pleasures of meat pots and bread to the full over being with the people of God. Am I more like the Israelites or more like Moses?
What’s amazing is that God provides meat and bread to the full (16:8,12-15)!
In Exodus 17:8-16 this is one of the few or only instances of war under leadership of Moses. Joshua, the future leader, makes an appearance. But there is something else very significant here, in verse 14 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.“”Once Israel gets in the land and gets settled in and makes Saul king, one of the first tasks is to utterly destroy the Amalekites (1 Sam 15). Why? Because of what they do to Israel here and Gods promise, God never forgets His promises. Though it may seem to take a long time and we may think God forgot, He never does, He keeps His Word perfectly. As we will find out, Saul won’t fully obey that command and David will become king.
Jethro gives Moses very wise counsel regarding leadership and shepherding