In those days, in their thirst for water,
the people grumbled against Moses,
saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?
Was it just to have us die here of thirst
with our children and our livestock?”
So Moses cried out to the LORD,
“What shall I do with this people?
a little more and they will stone me!”
The LORD answered Moses,
“Go over there in front of the people,
along with some of the elders of Israel,
holding in your hand, as you go,
the staff with which you struck the river.
I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb.
Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it
for the people to drink.”
This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel.
The place was called Massah and Meribah,
because the Israelites quarreled there
and tested the LORD, saying,
“Is the LORD in our midst or not?”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him,
“We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side,
I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas,
“Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him,
“My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him,
“Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Led by Moses, the Israelites witnessed and experienced the following miracles:
- The ten plagues of Egypt:
- Water turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-25).
- A plague of frogs (Exodus 8:2-14).
- A plague of lice (Exodus 8:17-18).
- A plague of flies (God sent “grievous” swarms of flies upon all the people and houses of Egypt, covering even the ground, except in the land of Goshen where the Israelites dwelled fly-free. -Exodus 8:20-24).
- Murrain, an infectious disease, killed all of Egypt’s cattle (Exodus 9:3-6).
- A plague of boils with blisters (Exodus 9:8-12).
- Thunderstorm of hail (Exodus 9:13–35).
- A plague of locusts covering all of Egypt, so that the land was darkened with them (Exodus 10:12-15).
- A plague of of darkness “which may be felt” so that “they saw not one another” covering all of Egypt, but not the land of Goshen (Exodus 10:21).
- Death of all first-born in a single night, which spared Israelite first-borns (Exodus 11:1-8; 12:29-30).
- The burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus 3:3).
- The cloud resting on the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 13:21-22; 33:9-10; 40:36).
- God appeared in the cloud (Exodus 16:10).
- Aaron’s rod changed into a serpent (Exodus 7:10-12).
- The parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31).
- The parting of the Jordan river near the city of Adam (Joshua 3:14-17).
- Manna (bread) from the sky (Exodus 16:14-18).
- Drinking water provided the Israelites:
- Sweetening of the bitter waters of Marah (Exodus 15:23-25).
- Water from the rock at Rephidim (Exodus 17:5-7).
- Water from a rock in the desert (Numbers 20:7-11)
- Complainers consumed by fire at Taberah, which stopped in response to Moses’ prayer (Numbers 11:1-3).
- Enemies of Isralites consumed by fire, and swallowed by the earth (Numbers 16:35-45).
- Aaron’s rod “brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds” at Kadesh (Numbers 17:1-11).
- The walls of Jericho fell down at God’s command (Joshua 6:6-20).
- The sun and moon stayed motionless (longer day) to enable the Israelites to win a crucial battle (Joshua 10:12-14).
- A mega hailstorm destroyed the Amorite army (Joshua 10:12-14).
Despite having personally seen and experienced the countless AMAZING miracles, not only did the Israelites constantly doubt God, with tiresome repetition they periodically rebelled from God to worship false idols, that is, demons.
But God repeatedly forgave the Israelites.
Imagine, then, how much He loves us, who believe in Him although we haven’t witnessed the Israelites’ miracles, nor have we seen or touched Him like doubting St. Thomas, but love Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all of our strength.
So the next time you doubt or falter or despair, take heart.
He loves you very, very, very much.
So much that God Himself did this for you.
May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!
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